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March 10, 2014
March 10, 2014

Spain: The National Court sentenced the rapper Paul Hásel to two years imprisonment for “glorifying terrorism”

Author: Mónica Zas Marcos Translator: Eleni Nicolaou
Source: El Diario  Category: Antifascism
This article is also available in: elesfr
Spain: The National Court sentenced the rapper Paul Hásel to two years imprisonment for “glorifying terrorism”

Pablo Hasél at the National Court - FERNANDO VILLAR (EFE)

  • A board presided by Alfonso Guevara considered proven that the lyrics of the musician represent a “justification for the crime of terrorism”
  • During the trial, Hásel argued that what he had done was “making use of his right to freedom of expression and creativity as an artist”
  • REPORT: Un difuso concepto llamado “enaltecimiento del terrorismo” (A fuzzy concept called “glorifying terrorism”)

The third section of the National Court’s Criminal Chamber has sentenced the rapper Paul Rivadulla, known as Paul Hásel, to two years imprisonment for praising the terrorism of ETA, of Grapo, of Terra Lliure or Al Qaeda in some of his songs posted on YouTube. In their decision, the judges Alfonso Guevara, Guillermo Ruiz Polanco and Antonio Diaz Delgado point out that the main evidence against him was his incriminating statement, as he explicitly recognised, in court, the authorship of his songs and defended himself by saying that what he had done was “making use of his right to freedom of expression and creativity as an artist”.

In order to convict him on the basis of this incriminating statement, the Chamber put aside the fact that the messages disseminated in the songs posted on YouTube are covered by the freedom of expression, since “the speech of hate throbs in an obvious way” in them. “Inciting violence or making a speech of hate”, like praising or justifying terrorist acts or “the desire of new actions of terrorist groups”, is not acceptable, in the context of the freedom of expression.

The verdict contains the lyrics of tens of songs posted on YouTube in which members of terrorist groups are also extolled, as the leader of Grapo Manuel Pérez Martínez, Comrade Arenas.

“Patxi López’s car deserves to be blown up”, “it is wrong not to hear what I sing, as Terra Lliure leaving Losantos alive”, “GRAPO were self-defense against imperialism and its crimes”, “those who pull the strings deserve thousands of kilos of ammonal” or “I am thinking of bullets reaching the nazi judges’ necks” are examples of the rhymes that have brought this rapper to be condemned for glorifying terrorism.

Other songs titles are: “I am not sorry for the shot to your neck”, “Freedom to political prisoners”, “Democracy bitches”, “Free Arenas” or “the adopted son of Jacques Mesrine”, in which he asks” someone to stick an ax in José Bono’s head”.

In the search conducted in his home, the archives of those and other “like-minded” songs were found.

On October 5, 2011, Rivadulla, 25 years old, was provisionally released after being arrested the previous day in Lleida.

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