Sunday, February 28

United We can register before Justice the request for urgent pardon for Hasél

Several people hold a banner that reads 'Pablo Hasel Askatu'

Several people hold a banner that reads ‘Pablo Hasel Askatu’

Unidos Podemos has presented the petition for pardon to the Ministry of Justice, which he had announced two days ago, for rapper Pablo Rivadulla Duro, known artistically as Pablo Hasél, understanding that is “unjustly” in prison after being convicted of crimes that “violate freedom of expression”, in accordance with international human rights standards.

This is stated in the letter, to which Europa Press has had access, registered by the president of the United We Can parliamentary group, Jaume Asens, who specifies that Hasél must be pardoned, also urgently, as there is a “social and political consensus“which shows that” no one is condemned for their opinions. ”

The formation already indicated on Tuesday that I saw consistent applying this measure of grace for Hasél before the admission for processing by the Board of Congress of his bill to protect freedom of expression. In this initiative, it specifically proposes the elimination of the crime of glorifying terrorism and insults to the crown, apart from other criminal offenses related to the expression of opinions. From United We can already indicated yesterday that they trusted the Executive to quickly process Hasél’s pardon.

The request comes after the controversy over the disturbances generated in various demonstrations against the imprisonment of the rapper, incidents that Asens himself did not like, as he said this Thursday, but that should not serve to hide situations of “democratic anomaly” such as this case. Now and by means of the document already formally presented, the parliamentary group demands a “total pardon” considering that there are “reasons of justice, equity or usefulness”, as typified by article 11 of the Pardon Law.

The case of Valtónyc, argument

For his argumentation, Asens also refers to the case to the bill that they have presented in Congress for approval, since it does not satisfy this request for freedom opens the “possibility of frustrating the objective” of the future regulations. And it is at this point that the requirement that the pardon be processed urgently, according to article 28 of the Pardon Law.

In addition, the letter from United We Can reference to the case of fellow rapper Josep Miquel Arenas Beltrán, artistically known as Valtònyc, and that he was also convicted of exalting terrorism and humiliating the victims, threats and calumnies and serious insults to the Crown, although he avoided being admitted to prison by moving to Belgium.

Thus, the purple formation reasons that the Belgian justice has repeatedly denied his extradition on the grounds that “the lyrics of the convicted’s songs are part of the exercise of freedom of expression.”

The Ministry advanced the decriminalization

The request is also supported by what was stated by the Ministry of Justice itself, that after hearing the order of the National Court for Hasél to enter prison, the Executive made public its intention to present a reform “for prevent crimes of opinion may be punished with prison terms, “attached to this the statement itself made by the Secretary of State for Communication.

On the other hand, it states that, in the order of admission to prison, the National Court justifies that “the campaigns” in favor of the singer “cannot determine the non-application of the current law, but rather its eventual modification by Parliament.” “Not sharing that current law may be applied contrary to international standards in terms of human rights (…) the truth is that the National High Court indicates a possible solution to the current situation through the action of the parliament, which has already begun its processing, “says Asens.

At the same time, it states that the European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly ruled that the use of defamation laws to prevent “legitimate criticism” of public office and Strasbourg has also ruled against convictions of the Spanish justice, as revealed in a case in 2018 for the fine of two young people for burning photos of the king.

Finally, he recalls that a similar case is that of those who refused to comply with compulsory military service, who were pardoned when the legislative reform abolished this obligation. “In summary, the urgency of the pardon is more evident than the already reprehensible in itself condemns the two artists and it takes relevance before the parliamentary processing of a law that decriminalizes these behaviors, which must be protected by the exercise of the fundamental right to freedom of expression “.

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