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 of 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 of freedom of expression, describing the nature of 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 of insulting the Spanish royal family in his graphic lyrics and and threatening the leader of a political party (Jorge Campos, head of Círculo Balear).