The trial of Dani Alves, who is accused of raping a young woman in the bathroom of a bowling alley in Barcelona, began in Spain in December 2022. The former soccer player has been imprisoned for a year and if found guilty he can be sentenced to a sentence of up to 12 years in prison.
At the hearing, which will last three days, 28 witnesses will testify. The victim will do it behind closed doors. protected by a screen to avoid visual confrontation with the accused.
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The woman will also have her image and voice distorted to protect her from any subsequent leaks. This measure was ordered by Justice after Alves's mother published the identity and several videos of the young woman on Instagram.
On the first day of the trial, the former Brazilian soccer player's concern could be seen. With a stern gesture and without his characteristic smile, the footballer faces a process that could leave him behind bars for 9 years.
Dani Alves asked that he be acquitted because he assures that the sexual relationship was consensual and maintains his innocence. (D.Zorrakino/Pool via REUTERS)By: via REUTERS
The trial against Dani Alves for sexual abuse began in Spain. The first photo of him in the dock. (Alberto Estevez/Pool Photo via AP)
The Prosecutor's Office, which proposed provisional prison for Alves after his arrest and has since opposed his requests for freedom, requests a sentence of nine years in prison for the footballer and the payment of compensation of 150,000 euros to the victim.
Dani Alves assures that he is innocent and that the relationship was consensual
For his part, Dani Alves asked that he be acquitted because he assures that the sexual relationship was consensual and maintains his innocence. The soccer player's lawyer will try to prove that her client was drunk on the night of January 30, a possible mitigating factor in the case.
Up to 28 witnesses will appear before the court, including the complainant herself and the two young women who accompanied her the night she was abused by the footballer.
Press media at the door of the Barcelona Court to cover the first day of Dani Alves' trial. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)By: REUTERS
Dani Alves' mother and brothers, present at the trial. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)By: REUTERS
Staff from the Sutton bowling alley will also testify, including the doorman who served the victim and the waiters who were serving them drinks. A friend of Dani Alves who accompanied him and the athlete's wife, Joana Sanz, will also do so, proposed by the defense to prove that he was drunk.
It is likely that the court will allow Alves to be questioned at the end of the trial, once all the witnesses have testified and the reports of the scientific police and forensic agents are presented.
What Dani Alves is accused of
Dani Alves is accused of sexual assault against a woman in a Barcelona bowling alley. The victim alleges that Alves grabbed her hand and put it on her private part, which she rejected on two occasions. It is also mentioned that the footballer took her to a private bathroom and, according to her accusation, exerted force on her despite her protests to stop him.
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Dani Alves' mother disobeyed the judge and published images of the alleged victim on social networks. (Instagram @mluciaalves)
The change of version in the events of Dani Alves and evidence against him
Dani Alves changed his version of events on several occasions. At first he denied knowing the victim and later claimed to have been with her in the bathroom of the nightclub without anything happening between them.
Following data from biological experts that indicated physical contact, Dani Alves admitted having consensual relations with the plaintiff.