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Judge Garzón loved by OAS and Colombia but on trial in Spain.

Judge Baltasar Garzon on trial

MADRID – The Spanish judge once famous for going after people like Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden will go on trial himself Nov. 29 for improper conduct in a corruption probe he was handling, the Supreme Court said Friday.

Baltasar Garzon, 56, is charged with ordering illegal wiretaps of conversations between jailed suspects and their lawyers in a 2009 investigation into a network of businesses that allegedly paid money and gifts to members of Spain’s conservative opposition Popular Party in exchange for lucrative contracts in towns and regions governed by the party.

Garzon argued that he thought the lawyers might be acting as liaisons with other people in the alleged corruption ring, and he hoped to turn up incriminating evidence.

The trial is the first of two facing the judge. Garzon was indicted and suspended from his National Court post in 2010 for..READ MORE HERE