Pablo Hasel // Spanish rapper arrested after conviction in free-speech case

Pablo Hasel // Spanish rapper arrested after conviction in free-speech case

By noisyhype team, February 16, 2021

Largely unknown before his legal woes which triggered his arrest Thursday, Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel is notorious for incendiary lyrics and tweets and for some, he’s a symbol of free speech.

Spain’s National Court sentenced Hasél to two years and nine months behind bars for two separate cases relating to the content of some of his songs and tweets as they were deemed to be “glorification of terrorism” as well as slandering the crown and Spanish law enforcement.

Hasél barricaded himself inside the university on Monday, after the 10-day window he was granted to turn himself in voluntarily was up.

Known for his radical leftist views, Hasel was convicted in 2018 and sentenced to nine months jail over lyrics and tweets that included references to Basque separatist paramilitary group ETA, compared Spanish judges to Nazis and called former king Juan Carlos a mafia boss.

More than 200 artists, including film director Pedro Almodovar, actor Javier Bardem and singer Joan Manuel Serrat, signed a petition against Hasel’s jailing, and the case led the Government to announce some easing of restrictions on free speech.

Spain will ease its restrictions on free speech, the government said on Tuesday, in response to a nationwide furore over a rapper ordered jailed over a song and tweets.