Spanish Supreme Court approves exhumation of Franco’s remains

Spanish Supreme Court

Spain’s Supreme Court has today given the green light for the government’s plans to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a state mausoleum, rejecting an appeal against it by the late dictator’s descendants.

The “unanimous” ruling follows a yearlong battle between the caretaker government of Pedro Sánchez and the family of Franco, who sought to block the exhumation.

Even if the family were to make a final appeal, Sánchez’s administration is now expected to go ahead with the exhumation before Nov. 10th, when Spain is to hold a repeat national election.