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World IN BRIEF : SPAIN : Outgoing Premier Cleared in Killings

May 01, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

The Supreme Court cleared outgoing Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez of charges that his government sanctioned death squads that hunted down suspected Basque terrorists in the 1980s. Allegations that Gonzalez's government sponsored death squads were a key reason voters in March elections sent the Socialists packing after 13 years in office. Gonzalez denied involvement but was still forced to call elections a year ahead of schedule.

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