Spanish Court, “The terrorist act is more than the expression of radical ideas”

26 April 2012

To condemn the thought of an individual it is not the task of the Court and based on this affirmation the Audiencia Nacional (Spanish Court) has sustained the acquittal of nine Ceuti citizens charged with terrorist practices in the operation Dune (operation started in 2006 by the judge Baltasar Garzon accusing the individuals of being a jihadist cell with connections to the Al-Qaeda).

“The terrorist act is more than the expression of radical ideas, because freedom of expression and dissemination of ideas, thoughts or doctrines is a feature of the democratic system and must protect even those who disagree and advocate a system change other democratic political system, provided, that defense of these ideas will not be carried by violent means, ” concluded the judge.
The acquittal of Ceuta occurs, stating, “it is not enough to prove that the defendants think a certain way or that they contact or are related to others of the same ideology, it is necessary to show that they have decided to take action and that was not proven.

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