When High Court Judge Baltasar Garzon began digging into the crimes of Spain's Franco era he ran into obstacles of the highest legal order.
By Richard Walker
The country's Supreme Court halted his enquiries and criminal proceedings are currently in motion against him.
Now, after fighting the powers ranging against him with every weapon in the Spanish legal armoury, he has brought his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. His legal counsel says it is his last resort.