José Miguel Arenas Beltran was sentenced in May 2018 to 3½ years in prison for inciting terrorism and insulting the royal family. Valtònyc fled to Belgium to carry out the sentence, so Spain issued a European arrest warrant against him.
win over! After three years of legal proceedings that led to the European Court of Justice and the Belgian Constitutional Court, the Court of Appeal ruled that Valtònyc could not be extradited.
Rapper lawyer Simon Bakkart wrote on Twitter.
win over ! After three years of legal proceedings, and a referral to the European Court of Justice and the Belgian Constitutional Court, the Court of Appeal ruled that Faltonik could not be extradited. Good day for music and freedom of expression. Tweet embed
Simon (Bakart) December 28, 2021
He’s not the only rapper from which the Spanish state suffers; Catalan Pablo Hassel has also been jailed for his anti-monarchy words and tweets. In February, mass protests erupted across Spain to demand the release of the pro-Republican Hassell.
Because of the persecution of songwriters by the authorities I also wrote a separate song, where the ruling Bourbons are described as parasitic thieves.
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