Appeals against Alves’ conditional release are rejected


La Jornada Newspaper
Thursday, April 11, 2024, p. a10

Madrid. A Spanish court dismissed appeals against the parole of Brazilian Dani Alves, who was released from prison after serving 14 months of his four and a half year sentence for sexual assault of a woman.

The Court of Barcelona rejects the appeals presented against the resolution that granted the release on bail of the convicted Daniel Alves, announced the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia.

The 40-year-old soccer player was released on March 25 from the prison where he had been since the end of January 2023 after paying one million dollars, and while the appeals against his conviction for sexual assault are being resolved.

The Prosecutor’s Office and the victim’s defense appealed his provisional departure by citing the risk of flight, which was rejected by the court by pointing out that Alves’s passport was withdrawn, who also has the obligation to appear weekly before the authorities.

The former member of Barcelona, ​​PSG and the Brazilian national team was convicted in February of having sexually assaulted a woman in the bathrooms of a Barcelona nightclub at the end of 2022, when he returned from the World Cup in Qatar.

The court also sentenced him to five additional years of probation, a restraining order against the victim for nine and a half years, and payment of compensation of 150,000 euros (about 163,000 dollars).

The sentence was appealed by both Alves’s defense, which during the trial requested his acquittal, and by the Prosecutor’s Office, which wants to stiffen the sentence. These appeals can take months to resolve.

Justice for the rich

Since Alves left prison, the victim’s lawyer indicated that this case was justice for the rich, because although the former player was sentenced as guilty, he had the possibility of being released after paying compensation and bail. .

For now, the former player returned to the father of the Brazilian star Neymar, with whom he met at Barça, the 150 thousand euros he gave him to pay for his defense, said Alves’ lawyer.

The father of the 10 of the Brazilian team, Neymar Santos, was severely criticized for helping his compatriot.

2024-04-11 10:33:56
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