Inadmissiblity decision concerning Spain

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The Court has declared the application in the case of Rivadulla Duró v. Spain inadmissible.

The case concerned the applicant’s conviction and custodial sentence on charges of public praise or justification of terrorism, insult and slander against the Crown, and insult and slander against State institutions, for the content of several social-media posts and a song about King Emeritus Juan Carlos I of Spain.

In finding the applicant guilty, the national courts had taken into account the European Court’s case-law and had balanced the interests involved, including his right to freedom of expression. The convictions and the sentences imposed had not been disproportionate. Overall, the application was rejected as manifestly ill-founded. The Court was satisfied that the rejection of the applicant’s amparo appeal had been in accordance with the Convention.

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