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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.

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

April 26, 2018 4:11 pm

A Spanish court has jailed five men for sexually abusing a young woman during the famous San Fermin bull-running festival but acquitted them of rape.

All five were sentenced to nine years in prison for their part in the attack, which they filmed, during the festival in Pamplona in July 2016.

The 18-year-old victim’s ordeal caused a national outcry, and protests continued outside the court.

Both the woman and the defendants say they will appeal against the verdict.

“It’s rape, not abuse,” demonstrators said outside the court. Rallies have been called in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Alicante and more than a dozen other cities across Spain against the verdict and in support of the victim.

The five, in their late 20s and originally from Seville, and the victim, from Madrid, were not present when the judgement was read out after a five-month trial, which was held behind closed doors to protect the woman’s identity.