Rapper Valtonyc to Start 3-Year-Plus Prison Sentence in Spain for Song Lyrics

The Spanish government has ordered Valtonyc to report to a federal prison within 10 days to begin a three-and-a-half-year sentence for his song lyrics, Billboard is reporting.

According to the music site, the 24-year-old rapper was sentenced by the Spanish Supreme Court in February on charges of inciting terrorism and insulting the country’s royal family in songs posted on YouTube and other Internet platforms.

The charged were made under the 2015 Spanish law, dubbed Ley Mordaza, which reportedly “limits freedom of speech, prohibits mass gatherings and invokes fines for protesting and comments on social media.” The law is said to have been put in place for “public safety law” to assist in the fight against terrorism.

And reacting to the charges against him, Valtonyc (whose real name is José Miguel Arenas Beltran) said last month during a press conference: “Calling me a terrorist is nonsense. My songs don’t hurt anyone, I haven’t killed anyone. I rap about things that happen, but I’m not a participant.”

He had described his lyrics as “extreme, provocative, allegorical and symbolic.”

On May 14, he lost an appeal to the Spanish Constitutional Court  and The National High Court, where he was first tried, ordered him to turn himself in to begin serving his sentence within 10 days.

His case has stirred major public reaction. We can’t wait to see how this ends.

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