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Spain 'wolf pack' gang jailed for San Fermin sex attack

June 21, 2018 4:04 pm

A Spanish court has ordered the provisional release of five men convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman during the famous San Fermin bull-running festival.

All five were sentenced to nine years for sexual abuse but acquitted of rape, a decision that sparked protests.

The 18-year-old victim’s ordeal caused an outcry and the sentencing of the men in April led to angry protests.

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New demonstrations by women’s groups are under way in some Spanish cities.

The men belonged to a WhatsApp group called La manada (the wolf pack) when the incident took place during the festival in Pamplona in July 2016.

Following their conviction, defence lawyers launched an appeal and requested that the five be provisionally released pending the outcome.

Magistrates in the same Navarra court that sentenced the men in April voted two to one on Thursday in favour of releasing the men on €6,000 (£5,200) bail.

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