Spain's Supreme Court has found internationally known human rights judge Baltasar Garzon guilty of authorising the illegal recording of defence lawyers' conversations, a court spokesman said on Thursday.

The unanimous ruling disbars Garzon for 11 years. He cannot appeal against the ruling, the Supreme Court said.

The case is separate from one currently in progress in which Garzon is accused of illegally ordering an inquiry into tens of thousands of suspected murders by forces loyal to Francisco Franco.

(Reporting by Iciar Reinlein; Editing by Tracy Rucinski)