European Court of Justice consulted in lawsuit against rapper Valtonyc

Fans protest against the arrest of Valtonyc. (Photo: Fotomovimiento/Flickr)

The Chamber of Indictment in Ghent decided to consult the Supreme Court of the EU in order to reach a final resolution in the lawsuit against the Mallorcan rapper Valtonyc, who was convicted in his home country for inciting terrorism and criticizing the Spanish royal family.

Last September, Belgian Justice refused to extradite Valtonyc, aka Josep Miquel Arenas, to Spain, where he was earlier convicted. The court hesitated to decide that the singer had violated freedom of speech, considered that the words were stated in the context of a song. Furthermore, the court did not decide whether it had to follow the 2012 law, when the actions took place, or 2015 law, which is stricter.

As a result, the Chamber will appeal to the European Court in Luxembourg. It is an usual process within European judgments, overall when it includes international conflicts. Finally, it is not a win for Valtonyc, who expected to regain his freedom. It is expected that Luxembourg would make a declaration in a few months, being optimistic.