MADRID -- Spain's National Court has handed fines to a punk rock band for insulting King Juan Carlos in a song it recorded, judicial sources said Thursday.
The three members of the band Ardor de Estomago (Heartburn) were each ordered to pay 900 euros -- about $1,170.
The group had recorded a song calling the monarch, now age 74, a "bastard" and a "disgusting dictator."
The song was performed in 2009 at a festival in the central Spanish city of Segovia, which also financed the CD. Segovia Mayor Pedro Arahuetes said he had not been aware of the lyrics of the song.
The court rejected a request by the plaintiff, a nationalist association, that the musicians be ordered to pay 100,000 euros -- about $130,000 -- in damages to the royal palace. The offense was not a private one that could be compensated economically, the court said.
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