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Jennifer Hermoso Rubiales Case
The former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, in a picture from 2018.Juan Carlos Hidalgo (EFE)

The judge of Rubiales case, Francisco de Jorge, takes one other step in his investigation opened in the National Court for the kiss that Luis Rubiales, former president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), gave to the participant Jennifer Hermoso throughout the celebration for the victory in the Women’s World Cup, as properly as the alleged subsequent coercion for the athlete to endorse the former supervisor’s model. This Friday, the Justice of the Peace has summoned three of Hermoso’s teammates to testify as witnesses, as reported by the court docket. The names of the three soccer gamers haven’t been revealed, however they be a part of 4 different Federation staff who may even be questioned: amongst them, Albert Luque, director of the nationwide group.

Judge De Jorge has not but taken a press release from Hermoso, as confirmed by authorized sources, however in current days he has promoted an entire collection of initiatives to speed up the investigation. The Justice of the Peace, who tries to advance the case with the biggest discretion, has additionally referred to as this Friday to testify different “close friends” of the participant and two consultants proposed by the protection, who will come “to ratify a report provided to the court by the lawyer of Rubiales”, Olga Tubau. In turn, following his orders, the National Police has collected several videos broadcast by the media about the kiss; and the Australian Embassy has sent the Court a certificate regarding the existence of sexual assault crimes there that could fit the facts investigated in Spain.

According to sources from the National Court, the schedule of statements set by the magistrate has remained as follows: on September 25, Hermoso’s “shut pals” and the two defense experts will be questioned; On September 28, the four RFEF employees – in addition to Luque, Rubén Rivera, head of marketing; Miguel García Caba, director of the Integrity area; and Patricia Pérez, press officer of the women’s team—; and on October 2, to the three teammates. Some of these appearances will be by videoconference, as reported by the court, which did not want to provide the names of the “shut pals”, the soccer players and the experts. None of these witnesses have been requested by the Prosecutor’s Office, according to legal sources.

The expectation about Rubiales case is most. This similar Thursday, she as soon as once more starred in the press convention provided by the gamers Alexia Putellas and Irene Paredes, previous to the match that pits the Spanish girls’s group towards its Swedish counterpart this Friday in Gothenburg. “We had been demanding that they listen to us for quite some time. For decades there was systemic discrimination against women. We had to fight a lot to be heard. “That, as you know, entails wear and tear that we don’t want to have,” explained Putellas, winner of the Ballon d’Or. “Yesterday, [en referencia al miércoles], a month before the World Cup. There some unacceptable events happened, with the final straw being the subsequent assembly. It couldn’t be, we didn’t want to continue down that path. We had to say zero tolerance. First for her, also for us and so that it doesn’t happen again,” added number 11.

These words from Putellas came just a few hours after, on the same Thursday, it was learned that the Court was reinitiating the investigation with the summons of the four RFEF employees, focusing the target on the alleged coercion suffered by Hermoso. A step that is not trivial. On September 5, before criminal proceedings were opened against Rubiales, the athlete testified at the headquarters of the State Attorney General’s Office, where she not only denied that the “peak”—a phrase utilized by the former president himself to reduce her actions – was consented; But she reported that she additionally suffered stress to exit in public to justify the details. “In her statement, [la jugadora] “she stated that both she and her closest environment suffered constant and repeated pressure from Luis Rubiales and his professional environment, to justify and approve the facts,” the public ministry’s complaint states.

Precisely, the lieutenant prosecutor of the National Court, Marta Durántez, was interested in this during the interrogation of the former president of the Federation, who was declared as a defendant last week, when a restraining order of 200 meters from the player was imposed and He forbade him from communicating with her. Rubiales denied the two crimes attributed to him (sexual assault and coercion), but the public ministry put the names of five RFEF employees on the table to find out the role they would have played in carrying out those alleged pressures. According to legal sources, among others, Durántez mentioned Albert Luque, Rubén Rivera and Jorge Vilda (the latter, former coach of the women’s team).

The judge decided to call Luque and Rivera, who allegedly traveled to Ibiza to pressure Hermoso, to testify. He will also question Miguel García Caba, head of Integrity, who wrote the internal report on the kiss with Hermoso, which exonerated the former president by ensuring that “there was no conduct that would lead to the conclusion that the forward was forced, violated or attacked.” Patricia Pérez, press supervisor for the girls’s group, can also be talked about. According to the specialised media ReliefPérez tried to hunt the participant’s endorsement to disseminate a press release that justified Rubiales’ act, which included some alleged phrases spoken by the athlete.

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