The ICJ condemns the murder of José María Lidón Corbi, Magistrate of the Court of Bilbao (Audencia de Bilbao), Spain.
Judge Lidón Corbi was shot by two gunmen in the presence of his wife and one of his children on 7 November at 7:30 in Gexto Municipality, near Bilbao. The gunmen are widely considered to have been acting on behalf of the Basque separatist organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA).
In the past, ETA has killed five members of the judiciary. Some 79 judges and nine prosecutors are reported to be on a list of targets drawn up by ETA. The ICJ condemns these attacks, as they constitute a serious assault against the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Spain, and calls on ETA to immediately cease such criminal practices.
The ICJ expresses its full solidarity with judge Lidón’s family and the judiciary of Spain. Furthermore, the ICJ calls on the National and Regional Government in co-ordination with the Consejo General del Poder Judicial (General Council of the Judiciary) to take measures to enhance the security of all members of the judiciary.