Massive protest held to demand release of jailed Seville youth

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About 2,500 people converged on the main plaza in the Seville town of Guillena on Sunday to demand the immediate release of a jailed Seville youth.

25 February 2008

MADRID - About 2,500 people converged on the main plaza in the Seville town of Guillena on Sunday to demand the immediate release of a youth who was put in jail last week after he allegedly made a threat inside a courtroom.

The protesters said that a judge acted too harshly by jailing the youth, known by his initials M.A.A.R., instead of ordering him to pay a fine. According to the complaint, M.A.A.R. was on trial on Thursday to determine civil damages, when he told the plaintiff that "he was going to break his mouth," and later hit him outside the courtroom. The judge ordered the youth to be held and charges are expected to be filed.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

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