Spain: New sex abuse law sparks jail terms row

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A row has erupted in Spain after it emerged a landmark law to toughen penalties for sex crimes is being used by lawyers to reduce clients’ existing sentences. The ‘only yes means yes’ law was prompted by the notorious 2016 Manada or ‘wolf pack’ case, when five men raped an 18-year-old woman in Pamplona. The new law took effect last month. But, according to Spanish media, at least four sex offenders can now leave jail early as a result of the change. Lawyers have also won sentence reductions for convicted abusers in at least eight other cases. … the Spanish criminal code states that when a new law is introduced, new sentences contained within it can be retroactively applied to convicted criminals if they stand to benefit.” (11/17/22)