Decision expected in Spain’s Wolf Pack rape case

A FINAL decision is expected today on Spain’s infamous Wolf Pack case where five men were initially cleared of gang-raping a woman at Pamplona’s bull-running festival.

The Supreme Court is deciding whether to uphold the ruling by a lesser court that led to mass protests throughout Spain and shone a light on what some people have called the nation’s antiquated sexual assault laws.

A regional court had acquitted the men of rape but jailed them for nine years each on the lesser charge of sexual assault. Their victim, who was 18 at the time appealed the decision, as have the defendants, who called themselves “the Wolf Pack” in a social media messaging group.

The prosecution accusation is that the men raped the woman in a doorway in the early hours of the morning at the 2016 San Fermin festival. It wants the Supreme Court to overturn the rape acquittal and jail the men for 18 years each.

A rape charge in Spain requires the victim to show there was evidence of intimidation or violence such as showing a knife or hitting the victim.

The woman’s lawyer says she had not fought against the men due to the shock and fear she experienced, but it was still nonetheless rape.

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