• Spain's news in English
Spanish rapper jailed for 'glorifying terrorism'
The rapper claimed that the songs and their distribution on YouTube constituted his right to freedom of artistic expression. Screen Grab: YouTube

Spanish rapper jailed for 'glorifying terrorism'

Steve Tallantyre · 1 Apr 2014, 17:38

Published: 01 Apr 2014 17:38 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Hasél – real name Pablo Rivadullo – was handed the sentence on Tuesday after a court heard how he had used YouTube to share songs in which he stated his wish that someone would commit a terrorist attack on members of Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) and opposition Socialist Party (PSOE).

He also used his rhymes to describe Manuel Pérez Martínez – better known as  'Camarada Arenas' – as a "hero".

Pérez was the leader of GRAPO, a terrorist armed wing of the Communist Party.

Spanish daily Hoy.es reported that his lyrics included lines such as "My brother went into the PP headquarters  shouting 'Up with ETA!' Don't tell me the tale of who the bad guys are, I only think about killing them."

The rapper said of the Socialist Party (PSOE): "Look at the PSOE pigs feeding off the monarchy. I'd shoot them one at a time; it would be right; something would improve."

In the trial his lawyer defended the rapper as having merely "used his right to freedom of expression and creation as an artist", adding that "no one has the right to change his ideas."

But the magistrates in charge of the case stated that "the discourse of hatred is not sheltered by freedom of expression in a democratic state."

Story continues below…

The sentence cited a ruling by Spain's Supreme Court which declares that the crime of 'glorifying terrorism' requires "that the expressions or statements which are formulated mean, from a semantic or literal point of view,  the glorification or justification of terrorism or its perpetrators."

It added: "This is what happens in each and every one of the lyrics of the accused's songs, going beyond the limits of freedom of expression in a way that this key right cannot cover."

Steve Tallantyre (news@thelocal.es)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Spain worries about tourism future
Photo: Josep Lago / AFP file picture

After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say.

Spain’s Socialists meet to decide on veto
The Socialists are meeting Saturday to decide on whether to lift a veto on the minority conservative government or not. Photo: Gerard Julien/ AFP

Spain's embattled Socialists gather Sunday for a crunch strategy meeting expected to see the party lift its veto on a minority conservative government and finally unblock the country's ten-month political deadlock.

Spain's 'Napflix' aims to bore viewers to sleep
Photo: Screengrab/ Napflix

A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, was launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more "monotony and repetition."

Recipe: How to make fabada - traditional Asturian bean stew
Photo: Flavio Lorenzo Sánchez/Flickr

The hearty Asturian dish is a perfect lunch on a cold day... and don't forget the crusty bread and cider!

Brit 'paedo' held on Costa del Sol after Most Wanted appeal

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives was arrested on the Costa Del Sol following a tip-off from an expat just hours after his face appeared on a public appeal.

Spain's parliament approves deficit reduction measures
Photo: Images Money/Flickr

Spanish lawmakers approved on Thursday measures to reduce the public deficit and keep it under the target agreed with the European Union.

'Cubism and War' show opens at Barcelona Picasso Museum
Pablo Picasso Harlequin and Woman with a Necklace. Photo: MP

Barcelona's Picasso Museum unveiled an exhibition on "Cubism and War" on Thursday depicting how one of the most influential artistic styles of the 20th century survived the First World War.

Why this bionic limb pioneer doesn't believe in disability
Hugh Herr has been award Spain's top science prize. Photo: FPA

The Local speaks to Hugh Herr on winning Spain's top science prize and how being an amputee doesn't make him disabled.

Dine in the buff at Spain's first nudist restaurant
A buffet of organic food will be served on "human tables". Photo: Innato / Facebook

Spain's first naked dining experience is to arrive on the island of Tenerife following the success of a similar venture in London.

Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Photo: AFP

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a bullfighting ban in Catalonia in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between Madrid and the separatist region, and between animal activists and fans of the tradition.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
jobs available