There was a time when prisoners were sentenced to hard time. Well, that’s no longer the case, at least for one man in Spain who was sentenced Tweet Time. A judge has decided to adopt modern day punishment by ordering a prisoner on remand to tweet every day for one month. The prisoner was found guilty of insulting the head of a consumer group in Spain.
It’s without a doubt that the punishment will rank as one of the most uncommon in modern times. Luis Pineda who is the head of the Banking Services Association in Spain (Ausbanc), will be given access to the social media platform so that he can admit to having defamed Rubén Sánchez, the spokesman for Consumers in Action known as Facua.
Luis Pineda is on remand awaiting trial for corruption and fraud. However, Pineda has denied all the charges against him. Facua and other consumer groups made claims against the head of the Banking Services Association in Spain, a move that prompted him to also come up with his own claims against Mr. Sánchez.
Mr. Pineda was convicted by a court in Seville, southern Spain. The civil charge involved attacking Mr. Sánchez’s reputation with 57 libelous tweets, including Mr. Pineda calling Mr. Sánchez an imbecile and accusing him of corruption. Mr. Pineda and the Consumers in Action group (Facua) have engaged in a legal battle for three-years. The judge’s sentence is the latest in the legal battle.
A previous ruling found out that several articles in Money Market had been used by Mr. Pineda to attack Mr. Sanchez. The dozens of articles were published by Ausbanc, Mr. Pineda also published posters showing the Facua spokesman being portrayed as Wanted.
Back in the year 2014, a court ordered Mr. Pineda to pay Mr. Sanchez a compensation of €80,000 which amounts to around $85,000 and to tweet ten times that he had defamed Mr. Sanchez.