The artist was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for “Inciting terorrism” and “insulting the crown.”
Spain’s Supreme Court has upheld the three-and-a half year sentence for Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran, a rapper known as Valtonyc, who a court in Madrid had previously sentenced for “inciting terrorism” and insulting the Spanish King and other members the royal family in songs posted on YouTube.
The Supreme Court ratified the sentence on Tuesday (Feb. 20), according to Spanish press reports. In his defense, Valtonyc had argued that his lyrics were protected by laws freedom expression, describing the nature rap lyrics as “extreme, provocative, allegorical and symbolic.”
But the court rejected that defense, ruling that his lyrics “supported and praised” terrorist groups ETA and GRAPO. Valtonyc was also found guilty insulting the Spanish royal family in his graphic lyrics and and threatening the leader a political party (Jorge Campos, head Círculo Balear).
Sixteen Valtonyc’s songs, including “Facism is Cured by Dying” and “They Should be Afraid 2,” which he posted on Youtube and the rap site HH Groups, were exhibited as evidence in court. They call out the King and other members the royal family and members government for repression and corruption, with references to real events and their imagined consequences, with lines including “The King has an appointment in the town square with a rope around his neck and let the weight the law fall on him.”
The court decision said that the content the songs contain praise “violent means employed by terrorist] organizations and contain an incitement to their reiteration.”
The rapper’s Youtube channel has 6,791 followers.