Spain: Supreme Court reduces the sentences of anarchist comrades Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar

every time Fran or Monica mentioned their anarchist beliefs the judge, Ángela Murillo, interrupted to silence them.

On December 16, the Supreme Court reduced the sentences of comrades Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar, accused of placing a bomb in the Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza in October 2013, repealing the initial sentence of 12 years that was dictated by the National Court to 4 years and 6 months.

This decision was made after partially received an appeal by the defense for the comrade Francisco Solar, who asked that they should not be convicted for the crimes of terrorist damage and separate injuries as if they were the result of two different actions as it was originally in the National Court. In addition the defense noted that the comrades took care when they placed a small homemade device to attack the religious symbol of established power and that they did not intend to cause any injury to any person. To reinforce this defense it noted that at the time of the attack the Basilica was closed to the public and that in addition the device did not contain shrapnel and that they gave a warning before the device was detonated.

In addition to the reduced sentence the court also lowered the costs from 182.601 to 143.317 for the damages caused in the Basilica as there was no evidence that any damage had been caused to any items of historical or cultural value.

The National Court had also considered that both anarchists acted ‘autonomously’ since they did not participate in either the FAI-FRI informal organization or the Coordinated Anarchist Groups (GAC) platform.

Faced with this news we cannot contain our great joy for this new situation of our comrades, for they could still face new scenarios such as being expelled for being ‘foreigners’ and having a sentence under 6 years but for now we prefer to wait for the next move by our enemies and until we seem them on the streets again.


(via Instinto Salvaje, translated by Insurrection News)