Jose Utrera Molina

22.05.2017 ( Last modified: 26.05.2017 )
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Facts

Jose Utrera Molina was born in 1926 in Spain. He was a lawyer and politician who held several offices under the Franco regime. Between 1974 and 1975, during the last months of the dictatorship, Utrera Molina was Secretary-General of the National Movement, the Francoist one-party mechanism ruling Spain. He was a renowned member of the so-called “Bunker”, the far-right faction of the Francoism opposing any kind of reform of the regime

Utera Molina is said to have countersigned the execution order of the Catalan anarchist Salvador Puig Antich on 2 March 1974. Puig Antich had been sentenced to life in a summary military trial for the killing of the policemen Francisco Anguas in Barcelona.

Legal Procedure

On 14 April 2010, Spanish and Argentinian human rights organisations filed a criminal complaint with the Argentinian investigating judge Servini de Cubria on behalf of Spanish victims of the Franco regime.

On 31 October 2014, Argentinian investigating judge issued an arrest warrant against 20 former officials of the Franco era and requested their extradition to Argentina, invoking universal jurisdiction. The Argentinian judge qualifies the allegations brought against Utrera Molina as crimes against humanity of murder.

On 12 November 2014, Spain’s justice minister has declared that the country’s police will not arrest the suspects, since crimes exceeded the statute of limitations in Spain, and are covered by Spain’s 1977 amnesty law.

A new request for interrogation directed by the Argentinian judge to the Spanish Audiencia Nacional on 23 March 2016 was rejected.

Jose Utrera Molina died on 22 April 2017.