Spanish Student Has Conviction For Twitter Joke Overturned

The supreme court in Spain has overturned a controversial sentence that was handed down to a student who joked on Twitter about the assassination of a Spanish prime minister back in 1973.

In a case that sent shockwaves throughout Spain, 22-year-old student Cassandra Vera had originally been handed down a 12-month suspended sentence and was even barred from doing any publicly funded job for seven years after being found guilty of “humiliating victims of terrorism” back in March 2017.

But the sentence was overturned yesterday by the supreme court.

Luis Carrero Blanco was assassinated by members of the separatist terrorist organization ETA on 20 December 1973.

In one of the offending tweets, Vera wrote on 29 November 2013: “Eta launched a policy against official cars combined with a space programme.”

The Spanish student also later tweeted: “Kissinger gave Carrero Blanco a piece of the moon; Eta paid for the trip there.”

The judges stated in their ruling: “While the accused’s conduct is reprehensible and blameworthy from a moral and social point of view – it makes fun of a very serious human tragedy caused by unjustifiable terrorist acts – it does not seem to be a case that requires an answer from the penal system."

Speaking afterwards, Cassandra commented:“I’ve had all this hanging over me and have been going through the courts for two years.

“It means I can carry on with my plans to become a teacher. My dream isn’t broken any more and I can continue fighting for it.”

She added: "People shouldn’t have to be afraid of expressing their opinions... freedom of expression is under serious attack. I think freedom of expression has been dealt an almost fatal blow in Spain.”


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