SPAIN: The Lawyers' Martyr

"We have lost the rights of man."

The Madrid lawyer who spoke those harsh words about his own country is an influential Roman Catholic layman with good friends in the top echelons of the Spanish Establishment. He is, moreover, a hero of the Spanish Civil War, and the sole survivor of four brothers who held the railway tunnel at Somosierra Pass north of Madrid for six days against heavy Republican odds.

But Jaime Miralles Alvarez, 51, is also a maverick reformer whose libertarian convictions frequently get him in trouble. In 1962, for instance, he was exiled to Fuerteventura, in the Canary...

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