La Manada ‘Wolfpack’ member fined €150,000 for sharing sex assault video

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PENALTY: The La Manada ruling sparked a wave of protests across Spain. CREDIT: Shutterstock


SPAIN’S data protection watchdog has fined one of those convicted of sexual assault during the so-called La Manada (Wolfpack in English) trial for sharing a video of the abuse.

The Data Protection Agency fined Alfonso Jesus Cabezuelo €150,000 for sharing the video which is said to show he and four other men assaulting a woman in Pamplona in 2016. The assault took place during the town’s San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival. 

A feminist group and Navarra’s regional authority filed the case with the agency. Agustin Martinez, the lawyer acting for Cabezuelo and the four others convicted over the assault, said the penalty was ‘insane’.

The lawyer claimed Cabezuelo did not share the video but that it was taken from his phone by National Police officers during their investigation into the assault.

The La Manada case sparked outrage from feminists and women’s rights groups after Navarra Provincial Court cleared the five defendants of rape in 2018.

The court found them guilty of the lesser offence of sexual assault and jailed each defendant for nine years.

Navarra’s Superior Court of Justice upheld the sentences following an appeal. Prosecutors have since lodged an appeal at Spain’s Supreme Court in a bid to extend the men’s jail time to 18 years.

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