10 Nov, 2017 @ 16:16
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Spanish rappers facing prison for ‘glorifying terrorism’ in series of songs

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A DOZEN members of a Spanish rap group are facing two years in jail for ‘glorifying terrorism’ in their song lyrics.  

Spain’s Public Prosecutor claims Colectivo La Insurgencia ‘systematically extols’ the terrorist organisation GRAPO and ‘maintains a subversive tone against the constitutional order’.

They are now facing a fine of €4,800 each as well as two-year prison sentences.

One of the group, Saul Zaitsev has called the charges ‘an absurdity of immense disproportion’, saying his music is not a crime.

“I don’t think anyone has been encouraged to commit crimes after listening to me,” he said.

It is not the first time rappers in Spain have been convicted over subversive song lyrics.

Valtonyc was sentenced to a three-and-a-half-year prison term for insults against the crown earlier this year, while Pablo Hasel received two years in 2014 for celebrating terrorism.

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