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Spain's Supreme Court Overturns Earlier Sentence on Student for Making Twitter Joke on 1973 PM Assasination

  • Supreme Court of Spain has overturned a sentence against a 22 year old Cassandra Vera by the country’s top criminal court. Vera was sentenced last March for making jokes about Spanish Prime Minister Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco’s 1973 assassination. During the assassination, powerful bomb by Eta (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) separatist group (emerged during General Franco's fascist dictatorship) blew up the PM’s car making it fly over 20 meters into the air. While overturning the earlier sentence (that gave her a 12-month suspended sentence and barred her from getting publicly funded jobs), Supreme Court condemned the tweet in the ruling but noted that the comment didn’t require “an answer from the penal system”.