The Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court has reported against granting the pardon to rapper Pablo Hasel for not appreciating reasons of equity, justice or public convenience for the grace measure and for the sentences “for multiple criminal acts” accumulated by the singer.
Hasel has been in the Ponent prison (Lleida) since last February to serve a nine-month sentence imposed by the National High Court for exalting terrorism in his tweets and songs. In total, Hasel is convicted in four cases, meaning that no higher court can review those sentences.
In his report, the chief prosecutor of the National Court, Jesús Alonso, bases his refusal to pardon on those four convictions and that in the case of the crime of glorifying terrorism, Hasel is a “repeat offender.”
Two of those convictions deal with controversial crimes of opinion –injury against the Crown, State institutions and glorification of terrorism–, criminal offenses that have long been questioned by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), while the other two have been They are for resistance to the agents of the authority and trespassing.
The entry into prison of Hasel caused a week of riots in Catalonia and the promise of the Government to lessen the penalties for crimes of opinion, an announcement that eight months later it has not been carried out. The world of culture claimed Hasel’s freedom. The Catalan Academy of Music was the first entity that requested his pardon, a request to which Unidas Podemos joined.
The pardon law indicates that before the Government decides on its granting, a mandatory report, although not binding, must be issued by the sentencing court, the Prosecutor’s Office, the person harmed by the crime (if any) and the penitentiary center in which he is serving. condemns the eventual beneficiary of the measure of grace. The next step will be the report of the court of the National High Court that sentenced him.
In its report, the Ponent prison highlights Hasel’s “correct attitude” and his “favorable conduct”, although it adds his “disagreement” with the proposed prison treatment since he does not want to carry out any treatment.
The prosecutor adds that in the prison report “no mention is made” of Hasel “being a tribute” to the pardon for reasons of justice, equity or public convenience, the three reasons contemplated by the norm that regulates the grace measure. In short, for the prosecutor there are no reasons that allow Hasel to fit into the exception of the pardon law that allows the measure of grace for repeat offenders.