Wednesday, October 21, 1998 Published at 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
'Superjudge' with eye for the headlines
Demonstrators demand that Pinochet be brought to trial
Madrid Correspondent Daniel Schweimler profiles the Spanish judge who is spearheading the investigation into Gen Pinochet.
If any one judge in Spain was ever going to convince the British authorities to arrest General Pinochet it was always going to be Baltasar Garzon.
He has a formidable reputation in Spain as a hard-working incorruptable and highly principled investigator winning the respect of millions of Spaniards for several high profile cases in recent years.
That ended with the former Socialist Interior Minister, Jose Barrionuevo, in prison. But his inpartiality is not questioned since he's also investigated the Basque separatist movement, ETA.
Baltasar Garzon is also known to harbour political ambitions and spent several months as a junior minister in the previous Socialist government.
He walked out saying he wasn't being given the tools to do the job however party sources said he was upset about being passed over for higher posts.
By implicating the former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet in the case and seeking his arrest, Baltasar Garzon has gone for maximum publicity. It was a gamble but a gamble which appears to have paid off and the name of Baltasar Garzon is now one to be reckoned with on the international, as well as the Spanish stage.