27 January 2022

The High Court of Justice of Catalonia annuls the resolution passed at the plenary session of the Barcelona Town Hall to withdraw the Gold Medal from former Francoist minister Rodolfo Martín Villa


The Barcelona Town Hall had awarded him the Medal in 1976, and approved its withdrawal in March 2017. Martín Villa appealed the withdrawal first to the courts, which rejected his appeal, and then to the High Court of Justice of Catalonia, which ruled in his favour. Martín Villa is a former Francoist minister who also held several other positions, such as civil governor of Barcelona. Martín Villa had been investigated by the Argentinian courts in the context of the ‘Argentinian Complaint’ against the crimes of the Franco regime, for allegedly being responsible for, among other things, the massacre of 3 March 1976 in Vitoria. In the end, and only twenty four hours after the sentence was made public, Martín Villa rejected the Barcelona Gold Medal.

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