Francisco Franco remains can be exhumed, rules Spanish court.
Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the green light for the government to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum, rejecting an appeal against it by the late dictator’s descendants.
In a unanimous ruling, the court decided “to completely reject the appeal lodged by the family in relation to Francisco Franco’s exhumation,” the judges wrote.
The issue has divided opinion in Spain, which is still conflicted over the dictatorship that ended with Franco’s death in 1975.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist government has made transferring Franco’s remains a priority, arguing the country could not “continue to glorify” the dictator, who is interred at a huge hillside mausoleum belonging to the Catholic Church in the Valley of the Fallen, west of Madrid.
On Tuesday he hailed the Supreme Court ruling as “a great victory for Spanish democracy”.
In a message he wrote on Twitter he said his government was determined “to redress the suffering of victims of Francoism”.