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2.14.2005

Never send an email message signed "the Phoenix army"!

As explained on the Eurolang news agency website, a 14-year-old Harry Potter fan was taken to the special court for terrorism in Madrid on a ‘terrorism’ charge, for sending emails to companies which do not use Catalan on their product labels.

"At the end of September twenty Spanish policemen descended upon the home of the 14-year-old Catalan boy, who has his own website called "Exèrcit del Fènix" (Phoenix Army) inspired by the Harry Potter children’s books. He had sent three e-mails to some supermarket chains and a milk manufacturer, asking them to re-label their products, and telling them that if they failed to reply before October 1st, he'd bombard them with more messages. The police took his computer and that of his 17 year-old brother.

"Yesterday the boy sat before the Audiencia Nacional (Spanish National High Court) in Madrid, after being investigated last month for signing e-mails as “Phoenix Army”.

"After a four-hour hearing, the prosecution decided by the afternoon that the Spanish National High Court will uphold the accusation of terrorism. Additionally, the Spanish police said that the contents of the two computers confiscated from the boy last month could constitute an offence, because they contain links to websites with images of the burning of Spanish flags and other anti-Spanish state material. It is illegal in Spain to insult the Spanish flag."

You are warned!
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