Another step back in Spain’s attempt to extradite rapper Valtonyc

Belgian court strikes down country's slander to monarchy law due to his extradition case

VilaWeb / Catalan News Agency
28.10.2021 - 13:21
Actualització: 28.10.2021 - 15:21

The Belgian Constitutional Court struck down the country’s law against slander to the monarchy for violating the right to freedom of expression as well as the European Convention on Human Rights due to Spain’s request to extradite Valtònyc, a Catalan-language rapper.

Sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for glorifying terrorism, threats, and insulting the monarchy, Valtònyc (whose real name is Josep Miquel Arenas) left his home in Mallorca in May 2018 and traveled to Belgium, pledging he “would not make it easy” for Spanish authorities to incarcerate him.

The Ghent Appellate Court, which is handling Spain’s extradition request, asked the Belgian Constitutional Court over a year ago whether Valtònyc’s case was covered by freedom of expression.

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