Madrid court again suspends imprisonment of neo-fascists convicted for assault on Blanquerna cultural centre

They are sentenced to sentences ranging from 2 years and 7 months to 2 years and 9 months in prison after the Supreme Court halved the sentences

Andrea Madina
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One of the leaders of the National Democracy Youth, Pedro Chaparro (c), linked to the attack on the Blanquerna bookshop

Section 30 of the Madrid's High Court has suspended the imprisonment of the 14 neo-fascists who assaulted Blanquerna cultural centre in Madrid on September 11, 2013. They are sentenced to sentences ranging from 2 years and 7 months in prison to 2 years and 9 months after the Supreme Court reduced halved the sentences. Of the 14 members, 10 have appealed to the Constitutional Court, two have asked for a pardon and two more are on the run. The Madrid High Court argues that they have to wait to see how the appeal they have presented to the Constitutional Court turns out. Their imprisonment was imminent.

It is the second time that judges have suspended their admission to prison. The Supreme Court initially sentenced them to sentences of up to four years in prison applying an aggravating factor for ideological discrimination, but the Constitutional Court demanded that the case be resentenced.

Last year the Supreme Court ruled again sentencing the fourteen assailants but reducing their sentences. The Audiencia de Madrid had set a deadline of midnight this Thursday for most of the ultras to enter prison voluntarily, but once again, this will not happen.