Envy in the courts

Friend and colleague César Chelala just sent me a link to his latest opinion piece, Elie Wiesel's Wrong Move on Peace | CommonDreams.org   I just dashed off a reply which I'll share here with you, about a different issue of great concern.
Thanks. I was unaware of Wiesel's letter and the response. It is appalling that he could be making such statements.

Speaking of appalling, I am deeply, deeply disturbed by the campaign of a cabal of jealous judges to humiliate the best of their fraternity, Baltasar Garzón. And I'm deeply impressed by the dignity of the man under attack, who, despite all, continues doing his job and just yesterday appeaed and spoke at a conference commemorating the attacks on Jews during Argentina's dirty war. There's nothing I can do to help him, other than to express my support; the whole world of human rights jurists has mobilized in his defense, but those few Spanish judges, jealous of his fame, remain determined to do him in, as an exemplary sacrifice of any of their number who dares stand up to power.
The latest is a maneuver by Judge Luciano Varela, supported by a coterie of anti-Garzón judges, to head off the possibility of Garzón's acceptance of a temporary (7-month) appointment to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo was eager to have his assistance. They are completely unconcerned about the enormous damage they are causing to Spain's international reputation as an upholder of justice, a reputation that was perhaps undeserved, because it depended almost entirely on the work through the years of Baltasar Garzón.

 Judge Luciano Varela (in Spanish)

Luis Moreno-Ocampo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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