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The Belgian Prosecutor’s Office appeals the rejection of the extradition of Valtonyc

Palma de Mallorca



The Valtonyc case will experience a final judicial chapter on January 11 at the Brussels Court of Cassation. The Belgian prosecutor’s office confirmed today that will appeal the sentence of the Ghent Court of Appeal, which refused to extradite Majorcan rapper Josep Miquel Arenas to Spain, sentenced by the National Court to three and a half years in prison for glorification of terrorism, insults to the Crown and threats. As reported by the Catalan public news channel 3/24, the hearing on the appeal will be held on January 11 at 09:30.

Last Tuesday, the Ghent Court of Appeal confirmed the rejection of the Spanish Euro order, which demanded the extradition of the Mallorcan rapper, sentenced by the National Court to three and a half years in prison.

The sentence insisted that the singer made use of his freedom of expression and that his actions had not constituted a crime. In this way, a four-year journey seemed to conclude, because Valtonyc’s defense took it for granted that the prosecution would give up, since in cassation only questions of form are usually studied, not of substance. Now the prosecution has five days to present a report on the case that justifies the appeal and the defense, later, will have two more days to respond.

Josep Miquel Arenas was sentenced in 2017 by the National Court to three and a half years in prison for crimes of glorification of terrorism, slander and serious insults to the crown and unconditional threats in his rap songs. 10 days before entering prison, in June 2018, he eloped to Belgium, where he lives since then supported by the Catalan independence movement in general and specifically by the surroundings of Puigdemont.

The rapper’s delivery was already rejected in the first instance. He then jumped to the second, a process that has lasted more than a year and where the Ghent judge raised the case of the attacks on the King to the Belgian Constitutional Court. The magistrate adhered to the Belgian law of 1847 that protects the figure of the monarch, but the high court declared it unconstitutional, considering that it collides with freedom of expression and that “it does not satisfy an urgent social need and is disproportionate to the objective of protecting the reputation of the person of the King.

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