Dani Alves will Go On trial for rape in February

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The Prosecutor’s Office asks the former player for the penalty of nine years in prison, compensation to the victim of 150,000 euros and 10 years of probation

Former Brazilian footballer Dani Alves will be tried in Spain from February 5 to 7 for an alleged rape of a young woman in a nightclub in Barcelona at the end of last year, the competent Barcelona court announced Wednesday.

At the end of November, the Spanish Public Prosecutor’s Office requested a sentence of nine years ' imprisonment for 40-year-old Dani Alves, who has been in pretrial detention since last January for these acts.

In its brief of provisional conclusions of 24 November, to which the AFP had access, the Public Prosecutor ' s Office requested for the former player the penalty of nine years ' imprisonment, as well as compensation to the victim of 150,000 euros ($163,000), for an alleged offence of sexual assault with penetration.

The Prosecutor ' s Office also requires another 10 years of probation for Alves, once serving the prison sentence imposed on him, as well as the prohibition of approaching or communicating with the victim during that period.

The former side of the Brazilian team, from Barcelona, PSG and Seville, who denies the alleged rape allegedly occurred in a reserve at the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona in the early morning of December 31, 2022, has been in a prison about 40 km from Barcelona since 20 January, following his first statement before the investigating judge.

After meeting at that place, which the former player had already frequented, Alves would have invited the young woman to enter another exclusive area where the small sink was, which she did not know.

There, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, Alves would have shown a “violent attitude,” towards the young woman, whom he assaulted and forced him to have sex, despite his resistance.

The victim, who, after receiving medical care that night ended up denouncing the facts on 2 January, currently suffers from a post-traumatic stress disorder of overall high intensity – for which he is being treated, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Alves, who initially denied knowing the girl, has changed her version several times at this time, but ended up admitting that they had had relationships, albeit consensual, according to sources close to the case.

Spanish justice has on several occasions denied provisional release to Alves, citing, among other reasons, the risk of escape of the former player, a member of the successful Bara de Guardiola and Messi, and one of the most laureate footballers in history, with 43 titles.

When the events took place, Alves was on vacation in Barcelona before rejoining the Pumas of Mexico after having played the Qatar World Cup with his team, which fell in the quarterfinals.

Hours after his admission to prison, the Mexican entity announced the disassociation of Alves.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in El Heraldo