The Spanish judiciary releases Brazilian Dani Alves, accused of rape, on bail worth one million euros

March 30, 2024
The Spanish judiciary releases Brazilian Dani Alves, accused of rape, on bail worth one million euros

On Wednesday, the Spanish judiciary released the Brazilian player, who was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for rape, on bail worth one million euros. The Spanish judiciary issued a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence against the former Barcelona star. The public prosecutor accused Alves of forcing a woman to have sex and not using a condom, and demanded that he be imprisoned for nine years and that he pay compensation worth 150,000 euros ($163,215) to the victim.

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The Brazilian player was released Dani Alves On Wednesday, he was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in a rape case, with a bail of one million euros pending the issuance of the appeal ruling.

The decision came a day after Alves’s lawyer demanded his release after he served a quarter of the sentence imposed on him in February after his arrest in January 2023. A court in Barcelona announced that it would confiscate “the passports of the Brazilian and Spanish player.”

The Spanish judiciary issued this ruling against him on charges of raping a young woman in a nightclub in Barcelona in 2022. The court stated in a statement that “the victim did not consent, and there is evidence, outside the scope of the plaintiff’s testimony, that allows rape to be considered proven.”

The former Catalan team star (40 years old) was arrested and remained detained in one of the country’s prisons. The public prosecutor accused Alves of forcing a woman to have sex and not using a condom, and demanded that he be imprisoned for nine years and that he pay compensation worth 150,000 euros ($163,215) to the victim.

The plaintiff, who testified behind a screen to protect her identity, said that Elvis violently forced her to have sex in the nightclub’s bathroom despite her pleading with him to let her leave, causing her “pain and terror,” prosecutors said.

A friend who was with her broke down in tears as she told the court how the victim was “crying non-stop” after leaving the bathroom, saying Alves had “hurt her”.

For his part, Alves, who was present throughout his three-day trial, testified that the sexual relationship he had with the woman was consensual and he denied hitting her and grabbing her hair. “I’m not that kind of man, I’m not violent,” he told the court after a defense lawyer asked him if he had forced her to have sex. He continued: “If she wanted to leave, she could have left, and she was not obligated to be there.”

France 24/AFP

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