Tuesday, July 5

The Prosecutor’s Office asks for four years in prison for a member of a Nazi rock band for spreading racist messages

The Prosecutor’s Office of Marbella (Malaga) asks for four years in prison and ten years of disqualification for AGJ, which it accuses of a crime of provocation to hatred and discrimination and of another crime of exaltation or justification of hate crimes. In its indictment, the Public Ministry collects several tweets that it considers “unequivocally manifest its contempt and animosity towards immigrants”, “assimilating them to criminals.” In another of those messages, the defendant refers to as “comrade” – the prosecutor highlights – the white supremacist who attacked two New Zealand mosques in 2019, murdering 51 people.

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The case was opened after a complaint by the Movement Against Intolerance association before the Public Ministry for one of the video clips of the “radical music group ‘Pugilato’, which it was said could be led” by the accused “and to which the dissemination of hate speech, fundamentally homophobic and xenophobic, “explains the prosecutor. “In effect, the lyrics of the song ‘Democracia’ put in relation to the images that were being shown, in such a way that the hostility of the message in relation, above all, to migrant groups and a defense of the fascist ideology, “continues the letter dated April 29.

Police investigation of social networks

The Movement Against Intolerance complaint was followed by a police investigation that “revealed that at least from August 2018 to March 2019” the defendant “had been posting dozens of messages on his profile” on Twitter. that unequivocally expresses its contempt and animosity towards immigrants of Maghreb or Latin American ethnic groups or Roma “,” assimilating them to criminals and in an ideal way to generate feelings of hostility and discrimination towards them, also justifying the carrying out of violent acts against said groups “, the prosecutor reviews. Before this writing, an investigating court of Estepona (Malaga) issued on May 11 an “order to open an oral trial for the crimes of provocation to hatred and discrimination in ideal competition with a crime of exaltation or justification of hate crimes “, they assure from the department of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia

The Supreme Court sentenced AGJ in December, along with three other people, to one year in prison, as published by Cadena Ser. In the sentence issued, the magistrates maintained that the lyrics of the songs they played in a concert in the Kon-Fusión Sabadell room in 2010 contained “supremacist expressions of contempt against individuals of certain groups, for the mere fact of being part of a community that is not tolerated.” At the time of the events, AGJ was a singer of ‘Más que Palabras’, when the ruling of the High Court was issued, he was already in charge of ‘Pugilato’, the aforementioned station reported.

This ruling confirmed as proven facts that the accused was a leader and permanent member of the group ‘Más que Palabras’, which performed in the concert under investigation as an opening band. Those attending that event had “skinhead aesthetics, exhibiting symbols of the national socialist regime such as swastikas and swastikas, some of them with a police record for attacks due to ideological motivation,” the ruling states. “During the interpretation of the songs and at the end of each one of them, the public chanted Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil”, continues the sentence.

Condemned by the Supreme

The defendant’s group “performed several songs with a common background referring to the supremacy of the white race and consequent discrimination against people who do not belong to that race with the aim of spreading hatred and violence as a consequence of xenophobia and anti-Zionism,” he adds. the judgment of the Provincial Court of Barcelona, ​​ratified in December by the Supreme Court magistrates. “The Pugilato group has very aggressive songs that promote different forms of intolerance,” highlights Esteban Ibarra, president of the Movement Against Intolerance, who explains that the hate crime complaint is not made “because of the subject’s ideology, but because of what can promote in terms of incitement. ”

In the case that AGJ keeps open, the representative of the Public Ministry highlights in the letter issued in April more than a dozen “offensive and humiliating” tweets towards the indicated groups. “What else has to happen to build a wall lined with machine guns?”, Picks up one of them, which was published in August 2018 “after an attempt by several immigrants to jump over the fence in Ceuta,” explains the prosecutor. “A few years ago, a man decided to really confront the enemy of the people, his name was Adolf Hitler”, is another of the messages investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office.

Among the relevant events reported in April by the prosecutor, it is detailed that “immediately after the attack on two mosques in New Zealand” in which 51 people died, perpetrated in March 2019 by the Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, the accused “was refers to the author as a ‘comrade’ and affirms that ‘combating terrorism can never be classified as terrorism, but as self-defense’.

Prosecutor requests the closure of his Twitter profile

Tarrant, as the prosecutor recalls, “had the name Josué Estébanez written on the magazine of the weapon he used to commit the murders”, sentenced to 26 years in prison for murdering the 16-year-old anti-fascist Carlos Palomino with a stab in the chest in 2007 in the Madrid Metro. The defendant alluded to Palomino’s murderer, in a tweet published in November 2018 “in which” he stated: ‘Josué Estébanez, eleven years in prison for defending his life, “exposes the representative of the Public Ministry,” even knowing that it is fake”.

Therefore, the prosecutor concludes that these facts constitute a crime of provocation to hatred and discrimination and another of glorification or justification of hate crimes. And he defends that it is appropriate to impose a sentence of four years in prison, a fine of 3,300 euros and a “special disqualification for an educational profession or trade, in the field of teaching, sports and free time for a period of ten years.” Likewise, it has required that the profile of the accused “who has been using” on Twitter be closed, “as well as the elimination of all offensive comments that are collected in the police report.”