State prosecutors are looking for a nine-year jail sentence for Alves, whereas the attorneys representing his accuser need 12 years.
Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves went on trial Monday, a 12 months after he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a younger girl at a Barcelona nightclub.
Alves, a former Barcelona participant, has been in pre-trial custody for over a 12 months since he was detained for allegedly sexually assaulting the lady on the night time of 31 December 2022. He denies any wrongdoing.
Alves’ requests for bail had been denied as a result of the courtroom thought-about him a flight threat, although he supplied handy over his passport and put on a monitoring machine. Brazil doesn’t extradite its residents when they’re sentenced in different nations.
State prosecutors are looking for a nine-year jail sentence for Alves if convicted whereas the attorneys representing his accuser need 12 years.
Underneath Spain’s 2022 sexual consent legislation, the crime of sexual assault takes in a big selection of crimes from on-line abuse and groping to rape, every with completely different potential punishments. A case of rape can carry a most sentence of 15 years.
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 neighbourhoods after midnight. She accompanied him right into a VIP space and into a non-public lavatory the place he allegedly slapped her, used insulting language and raped her, in line with her testimony.
Alves, whose authorized title is Daniel Alves, has modified attorneys thrice. He initially denied any sexual contact with the lady, earlier than altering his defence months later, admitting the sexual encounter however insisting it was consensual.
The trial will likely 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 courtroom hears Alves, together with specialists, on Wednesday.
Alves has been ordered to put aside 150,000 euros to pay his alleged sufferer if he’s discovered responsible and ordered to pay damages.
The trial is scheduled to run till Wednesday.