Franco symbols lawyer not giving up on Almeria case

BANNED: Old Falange symbol

HUMAN RIGHTS lawyer Eduardo Ranz is challenging the Supreme Court’s decision not to sue Almeria City’s mayor.
Some months back, Ranz lodged a formal complaint against Luis Rogelio Rodriguez-Comendador for not eradicating symbols that go back to the 1939-1975 Franco dictatorship. These were still visible in Plaza San Roque, La Chanca, the Celieas Viñas school and the Fine Arts school, Ranz said.
When the complaint reached the Supreme Court, the judges shelved the case as there was no evidence that Rodriguez-Comendador was presented with a specific order arising from the Historic Memory law that he ignored.
Ranz has now asked for the case to be handled by a different tribunal as the judges who declined to follow up his denouncement had also ruled on similar cases in Cartagena and Zaragoza. Another of his official complaints, this time against the mayor of Tortosa in the Basque region was also thrown out, although by different judges.
By appointing the same three judges for the Almeria case, the Supreme Court was breaching the principles of impartiality, access to the justice system and guaranteed due process of law, Ranz argued.

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