The investigation was initiated by an Argentine judge into the death of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, an association that collects testimonies about victims of political repression in Spain said on Wednesday.
Lorca is believed to have been executed in 1936 by forces loyal to General Francisco Franco. Maria Romilda Servini de Cubria, who has investigated human rights violations during Spain’s civil war and the subsequent military dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco, agreed to take the case, the Association for the Recovery of Historic Memory (ARMH) told.
The judge had already sent a warrant to Spain to initiate legal proceedings, said ARMH president, Emilio Silva.
The complaint, lodged by ARMH in April, included a “reliable”
account of the circumstances around Lorca’s arrest and execution, based on documents from the Granada Police dated July 9, 1965.
This document for the first time revealed the official Françoist version of the events surrounding the poet’s death, saying Lorca was a “socialist and mason”
and accusing him of “homosexual practices, an aberration.”
It then goes on to explain how he was arrested and subsequently executed, along with another person whose personal details are unknown.
García Lorca’s fate remains a mystery after the site near the Spanish city of Granada where he was believed to have been buried was excavated in 2009 without finding human remains.