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Satirists convicted over royal cartoon

TWO cartoonists have been found guilty of insulting the Spanish crown after their satirical magazine depicted the heir to the throne having sex, high court officials said on Tuesday.

Guillermo Torres and Manel Fontd

evila were each fined 3 000 euros, half the amount demanded by the public prosecutor, after being found guilty of insulting the heir to the throne in a July edition of the magazine, El Jueves, Spanish media reported.

Court officials did not immediately confirm the punishment.

The front cover of the magazine carried a drawing of Crown Prince Felipe having sex with his wife and commenting on a government plan to give parents 2 500 euros or each child born.

Arriving at the courthouse, Torres and Fontdevila maintained that they had done nothing wrong and would continue to poke fun at the royal family. Judge Jose Maria Vazquez said the cartoon was an inappropriate response to the government’s “baby cheque” policy.

Under Spanish law anybody who insults the royal family can face up to two years in prison. — Reuters.

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