The woman, who was 21 when the events took place, participated in a protest in Valencia on 18 February 2021 against the imprisonment of Pablo Hasél. The Prosecutor’s Office was initially calling for six years in prison: four years for attacking authority and two for public disturbance, in addition to a fine for minor injuries. The prosecutor accused her of throwing a bottle at a National Police officer, hitting him in the groin area, and allegedly undoing her handcuffs and fleeing upon arrest, causing the officer who was chasing her to fall. On the day of the hearing at the Provincial Court of Valencia, the defendant ultimately accepts a sentence of one year and six months for attacking authority and six months for public disturbance, with a reduction of the fine for minor injuries. The only evidence provided was the officers’ word. The defendant will not go to prison, provided she performs community service for three months and does not re-offend for three years.
20 September 2022
The High Court of Justice of Catalonia overturns the acquittal of a Mossos d’Esquadra officer who injured a protester during the demonstrations against Felipe VI’s visit in 2018, but Barcelona Provincial Court will acquit him anew.
19 September 2022
Comedian Jair Domínguez testifies as a defendant for having said ‘you fight fascism and Nazis by punching them in the mouth’ on the El Matí de Catalunya Ràdio programme, but the case is once again dismissed
14 September 2022
A young woman from Valencia accepts a two-year prison sentence for the protests against the imprisonment of Pablo Hasél
12 September 2022
The Constitutional Court refuses to suspend, as a precautionary measure, the decision of the Secretariat of the Parliament of Catalonia enforcing the Central Electoral Board’s rulings against Pau Juvillà
11 September 2022
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