Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves went on trial Monday, a 12 months after he allegedly sexually assaulted a younger lady at a Barcelona nightclub.
Alves, a former Barcelona participant, is accused of sexually assaulting the lady on the night time of Dec. 31, 2022. He denies any wrongdoing.
After arriving in a police van, Alves took a seat within the courtroom wearing a white costume shirt and a pair of denims. His mom was additionally current on the courthouse.
The trial is scheduled to run by to Wednesday at a Barcelona courthouse.
A nine-year jail sentence
State prosecutors are searching for a nine-year jail sentence for Alves if convicted whereas the legal professionals representing his accuser need 12 years.
Beneath Spain’s 2022 sexual consent legislation, the crime of sexual assault takes in a wide selection of crimes from on-line abuse and groping to rape, every with completely different attainable punishments. A case of rape can carry a most sentence of 15 years.
Alves, now 40, was arrested on Jan. 20, 2023 after answering a police summons throughout a go to to Spain. A court docket ordered him to be jailed after analyzing the preliminary police investigation and listening to testimony from the alleged sufferer, witnesses and the participant himself.
Three days after his arrest, Alves was transferred by officers for security causes to the Brians 2 jail about 45 minutes northwest of Barcelona. He has been there ever since.
Alves’ requests for bail have been denied as a result of the court docket thought of him a flight danger, regardless that he provided at hand over his passport and put on a monitoring gadget. Brazil doesn’t extradite its personal residents when they’re sentenced in different international locations.
In testimony given to state prosecutors, the lady mentioned that she met Alves late on the Sutton nightclub in certainly one of Barcelona’s upscale neighborhoods after midnight. She accompanied him right into a VIP space and into a personal lavatory the place he allegedly slapped her, used insulting language and raped her, in line with her testimony.
Tried to discredit testimony by his accuser
Earlier than he was indicted by an investigative choose in August, Alves’ legal professionals unsuccessfully tried to discredit testimony by his accuser and different witnesses by presenting safety digital camera footage on the nightclub. The court docket has mentioned that any alleged flirting mustn’t “in any manner justify an eventual sexual assault.”
Alves has modified his protection a number of instances.
At first, he denied having ever seen the lady when he went dancing on the night time in query.
Upon his arrest, he denied any sexual contact along with her, solely to confess three months later to a sexual encounter that he mentioned was consented to by the lady. He mentioned he had been making an attempt to avoid wasting his marriage by not admitting to the sexual encounter initially.
Alves has modified attorneys 3 times. On the trial he will probably be represented by Ins Guardiola, a protection specialist who was employed in October.
The alleged sufferer is represented by Ester Garca, a specialist in prosecuting intercourse crimes.
The trial will probably be held earlier than a three-judge panel presided over by Justice of the Peace Isabel Delgado. Twenty-eight witnesses will give testimony between Monday and Tuesday earlier than the court docket hears consultants on Wednesday. The court docket will resolve on Monday when Alves and his accuser will testify.
The court docket has ordered that the accuser’s testimony will probably be behind closed doorways and that no picture of her may be taken to guard her identification. That call got here after a video circulated on social media final month that allegedly recognized the lady.
Alves has been ordered to put aside 150,000 euros ($162,000) to pay his alleged sufferer if he’s discovered responsible and ordered to pay damages.
Alves’ arrest shattered his picture of a charismatic winner with a prolonged and profitable profession.
Main titles with a number of elite golf equipment
He gained main titles with a number of elite golf equipment, together with Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. He additionally helped Brazil win two Copa America trophies and an Olympic gold medal at age 38. He performed at his third World Cup, the one main title he is not gained, in 2022.
The suitable again was a key a part of Barcelona’s golden years taking part in between 2008-16 as a teammate of Lionel Messi. He gained the Champions League 3 times throughout that stretch with the Catalan membership, which he briefly rejoined in 2022.
Alves had his contract with Mexican membership Pumas terminated instantly after his arrest.