Spain court denies Brazilian star Dani Alves’ appeal to be freed on bail

MADRID — A Spanish court denied Dani Alves’ appeal on Tuesday to be freed on bail whereas the investigation of a sexual assault accusation in opposition to the Brazilian soccer participant continues.

The court dominated that Alves was a flight threat and should stay in jail in the course of the investigation. A trial has not been set.

Alves was provisionally detained in January after being accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a nightclub on Dec. 30. He has denied wrongdoing and stated intercourse with the accuser was consensual.

A decide ordered him to be jailed with out bail after analyzing the preliminary probe by authorities and listening to testimony from Alves, the alleged sufferer and witnesses.


“Daniel Alves stays as harmless as he was earlier than this ruling,” his protection group stated in a press release. “His want to depart Spain and elude the method didn’t, and doesn’t, exist.”

Alves’ attorneys filed the appeal saying the Brazilian agreed to flip in his passport and put on a monitoring gadget if he was freed. Alves would additionally report to the court and to authorities as usually as required, together with every day, and wouldn’t go inside 500 meters (yards) of the accuser or her house or office.

However the court dominated that these measures wouldn’t be sufficient to hold the participant from probably attempting to escape contemplating he faces a number of years in jail if discovered responsible. It additionally stated there was appreciable proof {that a} crime might need been dedicated, and that Alves’ wealth may make it simpler for him to attempt to flee whatever the quantity of bail.

“Nothing would cease Mr. Alves from leaving Spain by air, sea and even land with out documentation and reaching his nation of origin, the place he may keep realizing that he wouldn’t be delivered to Spain regardless of worldwide arrest warrants or extradition orders,” the court stated.

Brazil doesn’t extradite its personal residents when they’re sentenced in different international locations. One other former Brazil participant, Robinho, had a nine-year sentence for the rape of a younger lady in Italy upheld by a prime Italian court final 12 months, however he stays free in Brazil.

The 39-year-old Alves can appeal once more whereas the court decides whether or not to arrange a trial.

Beneath Spain’s sexual consent regulation handed final 12 months, sexual assault takes in a wide selection of crimes from on-line abuse and groping to rape, every with completely different doable punishments. A case of rape can obtain a most sentence of 15 years.

Alves gained 42 soccer titles, together with three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and two Copa Americas with Brazil. He performed in his third World Cup final 12 months in Qatar.

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