Spanish rapper finds refuge in Belgium

Belgium continues to live up to its reputation as the land of asylum as a Spanish rapper takes refuge in the country.

The rapper – real name Josep Miquel Arenas – is sentenced to three and a half years in prison for threats and insults to the Spanish royal family and the glorification of terrorism.


The Belgian justice system released him unconditionally while waiting to decide on a possible extradition order issued by Spain – in which, as shown in a tweet, he is accused of terrorism.

Other musicians and tweeters have been convicted in Spain over recent years, and Amnesty International’s issued a report about its concerns over freedom of expression in Spain. Valtònyc identifies these factors as repression.