The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, assured this Monday that in Spain people are not condemned “for singing”, in reference to the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel, after the criticism of the Venezuelan government against the European country for that case .
“In Spain people are not condemned for singing. I want to recall the reasons why Pablo Hasel has been convicted. There are three: one, glorification of terrorism, insults to the Crown, injuries to State institutions. Two: injuries from assaulting a journalist. And thirdly: assault on a witness in a case that was also being tried, ”declared Spanish politics.
The minister expressed herself in this regard during a press conference after the meeting of foreign officials of the European Union (EU) held today in Brussels and stressed that for these reasons Hasel has been sentenced.
“In Spain, no one is locked up for singing. What is certain is that in Spain, as in other member states of the European Union, we are always vigilant so that freedom of expression, which is a freedom recognized in the Constitution, can be exercised to its fullest extent ”, he commented.
Freedom of expression and crimes
He explained that Spain “is confronted with finding a balance between freedom of expression and crimes related to expression”, as well as, as he said, other countries of the community club such as Germany, France, Finland or Greece.
“ The nuances are different. In some cases it is an exaltation of Nazism, in other cases they are crimes against religious feelings. In our case, they can be insults against certain institutions ”, he affirmed.
Even so, he stressed that the Government of Spain will seek “a maximum of freedom of expression, understanding that in any case freedom of expression and the protection of freedom of expression should never be confused with violence, which always and in everything case we reject ”.
In any case, he recalled that the Spanish Executive “has already expressed its willingness to reform the criminal code in matters relating to crimes on freedom of expression to seek greater precision in the definition of those crimes.”
“We have said it and we maintain it,” he stressed, adding that during the meeting of Foreign Ministers, none of his counterparts asked him about Hasel’s situation.
Spain does not get involved in coup agendas
Laya not only referred to the criticisms of the Hasel case that arrived from Venezuela, but also to those that have been made from that same country due to the minister’s trip to Colombia this week.
The head of Spanish diplomacy explained that the trip was going to take place last year, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He explained that among the objectives of the visit is “to support the efforts of the Colombian Government to host Venezuelan refugees”, to discuss bilateral relations “and, in particular, the possible visit of the (Colombian) President (Iván) Duque to Spain in the second part of this year ”, as well as“ taking an interest in the situation of the peace accords in Colombia ”.
” The Government of Spain is not engaged in coup activities either in Latin America or anywhere else in the world,” he responded to criticism from Venezuela.
The European Union approved this Monday new sanctions against Venezuela by adding 19 people to its list, after the elections on December 6 that the EU countries do not recognize, since they consider that they did not meet democratic standards.
In total, the list includes 55 people.
The sanctions imply the prohibition to enter the community territory and the freezing of the assets and assets they have in the EU. EFE
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