February 11, 1997 in Nation/World

Gunman Assassinates Supreme Court Judge

Compiled From Wire Services

A gunman assassinated a Spanish Supreme Court judge in Madrid on Monday afternoon, firing a shot at point-blank range to his head, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Justice Rafael Martinez Emperador, 68, was shot at the front door of his home in the capital’s fashionable Salamanca district. He was pronounced dead soon after at a hospital a few blocks away.

Martinez, one of about 75 judges at the court, worked in the section that heard labor law cases, not those of terrorism. But the government quickly blamed the attack on rebels of the Basque separatist group ETA.

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