April 25th, 2024

Barcelona court finds Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves guilty of sexual assault

By Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press on February 22, 2024.

FILE - Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves sits during his trial in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. Alves has been found guilty on Thursday Feb. 22, 2024 of sexually assaulting a young woman in a Barcelona nightclub. A three-judge panel sentenced Alves on Thursday to four years and six months. The 40-year-old Alves denied any wrongdoing during a trial that took place over three days this month. The decision can be appealed. (Jordi Borras/Pool Photo via AP, File)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in a Barcelona nightclub, a Spanish court ruled on Thursday.

The three-judge panel sentenced Alves to four years, six months.

Alves, aged 40, denied any wrongdoing during a trial that took place over three days this month.

The decision can be appealed.

The court found Alves sexually assaulted his victim early in the morning of Dec. 31, 2022, when she said he raped her in a bathroom of an upscale Barcelona nightclub.

State prosecutors had sought a nine-year prison sentence for Alves while the lawyers representing his accuser wanted 12 years. His defense asked for his acquittal, or if found guilty a one-year sentence plus 50,000 euros ($54,000) compensation for the victim.

Alves has been in jail since being detained on Jan. 20, 2023. His requests for bail were denied because the court considered him a flight risk. Brazil does not extradite its own citizens when they are sentenced in other countries.

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