Rapper Valtonyc will ‘not make it easy’ for authorities to jail him

Artist convicted over song lyrics refuses to go to prison voluntarily as court deadline expires and press reports suggest he has left Spain to Europe

Hip hop artist Valtonyc (by Guillem Roset)
Hip hop artist Valtonyc (by Guillem Roset) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

May 23, 2018 06:34 PM

Convicted rapper Valtonyc warned on Wednesday that he would "not make it easy" for the authorities to put him in prison, because “disobeying is legitimate and obligatory against a fascist state.” The artist, who was found guilty of glorifying terrorism, slander and defamation against the crown over the content of his lyrics, regretted on Twitter that tomorrow the authorities will have to "break down" his door to put him prison "over some songs." Some press reports not officially confirmed by the artist suggest he has fled Spain and is currently in a European country, following the example of Catalan pro-independence politicians who are currently fighting extradition in Belgium, Germany, Scotland and Switzerland. 

At the beginning of May, Spain’s Constitutional Court dismissed the rapper’s appeal against his conviction, with the National Court setting a deadline of 10 days for him to be locked up, a deadline that expires on Thursday. Valtonyc, who real name is José Miguel Arenas Beltrán and who is facing up to three and a half years behind bars, has said he will not go to prison voluntarily.  

Just a few days ago, supporters of Valtonyc pointed out that if the rapper goes to prison he will become the first musician in Spain to do so because of his song lyrics. On June 17, a concert involving more than 40 performers from around Spain is planned to take place in the rapper’s home of Mallorca to show solidarity with the artist.

Valtonyc’s defense lawyer says he will call on the court to suspend his client’s prison sentence while he refers his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. NGO Amnesty International also condemned the prison sentence in a recent report.