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Rapper’s jail sentence extended by 16 months for unpaid fines

Pablo Hasel’s detention for his lyrics unleashed a wave of protests and altercations across Catalonia


12 March 2021 06:29 PM


ACN | Barcelona

Spain’s National Court has added 16 months to the ongoing jail terms of rapper Pablo Hasel, whose detention nearly a month ago galvanized a wave of protests over freedom of speech across Catalonia, which occasionally descended into altercations with police. 

On February 16, Hasel was arrested and sent to jail to serve a 2 year and 9 month sentence, handed down for glorifying terrorism and slandering the Spanish crown in his lyrics and tweets.

The National Court announced on Friday that it was adding 16 months to Hasel’s imprisonment after he failed to pay €30,000 in fines derived from a separate case, also carrying a similar conviction.

The court fined him €5,040 for glorifying terrorism, and ruled that the rapper should spend 84 days in prison if he didn’t pay. Hasel faces six extra months in jail for not paying a €10,800 fine for insulting the monarchy, and seven months and 15 days in exchange for a €13,500 fine for slandering Spain’s institutions.

Over a hundred arrests

More than a hundred people have been arrested in the several nights of unrest against Hasel’s imprisonment, mostly people under 25 and also several minors.

Also on Friday, a local court in Barcelona confirmed the precautionary imprisonment of eight Italian citizens, who are accused of public disorders and attempting to burn a police van with an officer inside.

Dozens of people required medical treatment for clashes with police, including a young woman who lost an eye after being hit with a foam bullet shot by an officer. A public debate on the role of law enforcement in Catalonia was reignited, and prompted pro-independence parties to pledge a deep reform of the Mossos d’Esquadra police.


  • Pablo Hasel in jail (by Albert Botran)

  • Pablo Hasel in jail (by Albert Botran)