Spanish judge opens investigation into fake homophobic hate crime

A Spanish judge has opened an investigation into a young man accused of faking a homophobic hate crime that has duped many establishment politicians.

The 20-year-old claimed to have been the victim of a brutal homophobic assault in broad daylight in Madrid’s Malasaña neighborhood, claiming that eight hooded men assaulted him and carved homophobic slurs in his buttocks.

However, subsequent reports proved that the allegations were totally fabricated and that the 20-year-old made up the story in order to hide the fact that he had been unfaithful to his current partner and he later admitted that the carving on her butt had actually been consensual.

Now a Madrid judge is launching an investigation which could see the 20-year-old indicted for falsely reporting a crime, which a newspaper report says La Vanguardia, may be punishable by up to one year.

The law is defined as “claims to be responsible or victim of a criminal offense or denounces a non-existent offense, causing procedural actions.

According to the newspaper El Pais, the 20-year-old had met two men online and was engaged in sadomasochistic activities and when he went to the hospital to treat his injuries, the nurse reported the incident to the police, this which led to the investigation.

Many members of the Spanish government were duped by the initial report, some like Home Secretary Fernando Grande-Marlaska, who used the incident as a means of attacking the populist VOX party, claiming to have pushed the boundaries respect for diversity and democratic values.

After the hate crime turned out to be a hoax, VOX demanded that Grande-Marlaska resign as Minister of the Interior.

VOX chief Santiago Abascal criticized the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party government saying: “The brutal aggression, in the end, turned out to be a crass hoax fueled by the government and its media lackeys to report VOX.

A few days after the hoax was announced, the government also revealed its intention to create specialized groups on “hate crimes” within the Spanish national police and the Civil Guard.

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