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Spanish rapper tried over tweets allegedly exalting terrorism

Pablo Hasel defended his actions and branded the court action “fascist”.

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking a three-year prison sentence for a rapper accused of exalting terrorism and slandering the Spanish monarchy and other institutions.

Pablo Hasel, whose real surname is Rivadulla, appeared in a Madrid court accused of tweeting messages from 2014 to 2016 in defence of members of ETA and GRAPO, two armed groups Spain considers terror organisations.

The court heard he also allegedly insulted police and former King Juan Carlos in tweets and in a YouTube song.

Prosecutors are also seeking a 40,500-euro (£35,000) fine.

In a tweet, Hasel defended his actions and called the court “fascist”.

A verdict is expected within days.

Praising terrorism is a crime in Spain and there have been several trials for messages posted on social media.

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