Catalan Pablo Hasél is also being accused of having threatened a witness; musician’s arrest sparked a wave of protests in the country
The Justice of Spain This Thursday, the 18th, the prison sentence of Catalan rapper Pablo Hasél increased. He was initially sentenced to nine months in prison for letters containing offenses against monarchy and references to the Basque terrorist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, better known by the acronym AND. Now, he is being sentenced to a total of 2 years and 6 months in prison for also threatening a witness in 2017. According to Spanish authorities, Pablo Hasél threatened to kill a man who testified during a trial against the arrest of two police officers , confronted him in a bar and released his photo.
The rapper’s arrest on Tuesday, 16, caused two days of violent protests in the city of Barcelona where at least 50 people have been detained. Protesters argue that the charge against Pablo Hasél poses a threat to freedom of expression in the country. Spain, for its part, has stated that it intends to change the law that criminalizes insults to the monarchy and the glorifications of armed groups such as ETA. The idea is that the penalties for these crimes become lighter and are only subject to legal action if they represent a risk to public order.