The case of Hasél, whose identify at beginning is Pablo Rivadulla Duró, has drawn rising consideration in Spain, with many members of the general public, artists, celebrities and politicians displaying their help and demanding a change within the nation’s so-called “Gag Legislation.”
Spain’s left-wing coalition authorities additionally unexpectedly introduced final week that it will change the nation’s prison code to get rid of jail phrases for offenses involving freedom of expression. It didn’t particularly point out Hasél or set a timetable for the adjustments.
The rapper isn’t any stranger to controversy. With an inventive opus that features songs with sturdy anti-establishment criticism, he has seen his notoriety amplified among the many wider Spanish public with each run-in with authorities.
Having confronted fees on at the least 4 events for assault, praising armed extremist teams, breaking into non-public premises or insulting the nation’s monarchy, in 2014 he was given a suspended 2-year jail time period. However in a brand new case tried in 2018, judges handed him a diminished sentence of 9 months behind bars for a tune about former King Juan Carlos I and 64 tweets he posted between 2014 and 2016.
The tweets straddled the road between opinion and calls to violent rebellion, with a number of mentions of ETA and Grapo, two now-defunct armed extremist teams in Spain. Within the tune, Hasél rapped about corruption tied to the previous monarch but in addition talked about him as a wife-beater, a drunk, head of a mafia mob and a frequent consumer of prostitution.