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Five on trial in Pamplona in high-profile San Fermín festival rape case

Photo of the accused during the festival in 2016.
Photo of the accused during the festival in 2016. / SUR
  • The accused called themselves 'The Pack' and are said to have recorded their alleged crime on their mobiles.

The trial has been continuing this week of five men accused of the rape of a young woman in the middle of Pamplona's famous annual San Fermín festival in 2016.

The men's arrest and preparations for the trial have been a focus of media attention across Spain and an important topic of comment on social media for the unusual violence of the supposed crime.

The group of friends from Andalucía have become known as 'La Manada', (The Pack), after the name they gave to their WhatsApp group during their trip to northern Spain and supposed lurid conversations about their intentions while there.

They are accused of the group attack on the 18-year-old girl from Madrid during the festivities of bull-running fame while recording their actions on their mobiles. All have been held in custody since their arrest 16 months ago.

At the start of the trial last week that was expected to last all this week too, the judge ordered those involved not to provide a running commentary to the media.