MADRID (AP) — The Spanish judge who became an international hero by indicting Augusto Pinochet is standing trial over his handling of a domestic corruption probe in a case that could end his career.
Baltasar Garzon is to take the stand as a criminal defendant Tuesday at Spain's Supreme Court. He is charged with overstepping his jurisdiction by ordering wiretaps of jailhouse conversations between three defendants and their lawyers.
The trial launches a grueling judicial ordeal for Garzon, who enjoys superstar status among human rights groups for championing cross-border justice but has many political enemies at home.
Next week he faces another, bigger trial for probing right-wing atrocities during the Spanish civil war. The crimes were covered by an amnesty.