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Updated16 Feb 9:13am

Spanish police arrest fugitive rapper at centre of free-speech debate

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Pablo Hasél had barricaded himself inside university to avoid prison sentence on charges of glorifying terrorism Riot police have entered a university in the north-eastern Spanish city of Lleida and arrested a rapper who had barricaded himself inside the building to avoid serving a prison sentence for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty and the police in his lyrics and on social media. In 2018, Pablo Rivadulla, known as Pablo Hasél, was given a two-year jail sentence and a fine of almost €30,000 (£26,000) after Spain’s highest criminal court ruled that his lyrics and comments went beyond the limits of free speech and were instead expressions of “hatred and attacks on honour”.
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