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The footballer Dani Alves, this Monday, in the Barcelona Court, during the trial in which he is accused of sexually assaulting a young woman.
The footballer Dani Alves, this Monday, within the Barcelona Court, throughout the trial by which he’s accused of sexually assaulting a younger girl.DAVID ZORRAKINO (Europa Press)

Dani Alves has denounced, within the first session of the trial for raping a 23-year-old lady on the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona, ​​that he has been the sufferer of a “parallel trial” and a “social condemnation.” His lawyer, Inés Guardiola, has assured the courtroom that the method has been stricken by “irregularities” and has violated the basic rights of the previous FC Barcelona footballer. “He sits on the bench with the social conviction that he is guilty,” mentioned the lawyer, who has requested the annulment of the proceedings.

The first main trial of the regulation of solely sure is sure has began this Monday, punctually, within the Barcelona Court. Finally, there was no settlement between the events (defence, Prosecutor's Office and sufferer) that might have allowed Alves to scale back a doable jail sentence in alternate for an acknowledgment of the details. The Brazilian full-back has been taken to the dock from jail – he has been in preventive detention for greater than a 12 months – via the elevators of the Palace of Justice. It is a particular itinerary, which has prevented journalists from seeing his arrival on the room. Alves is accused of raping the younger girl within the lavatory of the Sutton VIP room on December 31, 2022 and faces a request from the Prosecutor's Office for 9 years in jail.

Section 21 of the Barcelona Court has reserved three days to guage the footballer, in preventive detention since January 20, 2023. That day, after being arrested, Alves appeared earlier than the choose and gave as much as three completely different variations of what occurred in the bathroom within the cubicles of the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona. Given these “contradictions,” the choose despatched him to jail. Dressed in a white shirt and denims, Alves took a seat in entrance of the magistrates whereas his lawyer started to lift authorized questions in regards to the progress of the trial.

The trial began after 10 hours with this strategy of preliminary points, by which it’s probably that Alves' protection will ask the courtroom to permit him to testify on the finish of the trial, as soon as the witnesses have been heard and the knowledgeable proof has been introduced. If the courtroom agrees to this request, the trial will start with the assertion of the sufferer, who will probably be questioned behind closed doorways – together with her voice distorted and her face pixelated to keep away from subsequent leaks of the recording of the listening to -, after which they’ll testify. the chums who had been together with her the night time they met Alves on the Sutton nightclub.

While the Prosecutor's Office requests 9 years in jail for the Brazilian worldwide and the fee of compensation of 150,000 euros, the non-public prosecution filed by the sufferer – with lawyer Ester García – raises their request to 12 years in jail, the utmost for a criminal offense. of sexual assault. The protection, carried out by the attorneys Inés Guardiola and Miraida Puente Wilson, requests the acquittal of Alves arguing that there was no rape and that the sexual relationship with the complainant was consensual, though it raises mitigating circumstances to mitigate the penalty within the occasion of a doable conviction: drunkenness and reparation for the harm for having paid the 150,000 euros that the choose imposed as bail to cowl doable compensation to the sufferer.

The Prosecutor's Office has little question that Alves sexually assaulted the younger girl, after introducing her to the small lavatory within the non-public room, utilizing a “contemptuous and violent” perspective in direction of her, which brought on the younger girl such a sense of “anguish and terror” that prevented him from reacting. According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, which supplies full veracity to the complainant's model, Dani Alves invited the younger girl and her buddies to drink champagne within the sales space the place they had been and, after dancing and chatting with them, round 3:20 a.m. he invited the sufferer to comply with him to an adjoining door that she didn’t know gave entry to a personal lavatory. Once there, the Public Ministry maintains, “he began to grope her with a lascivious intention and a clear intention of satisfying his sexual desires” and, within the face of the younger girl's resistance and pleas to let her go away, he slapped her and ended up raping her with out warning. use condom.

Throughout the three trial periods, 28 witnesses will parade earlier than the courtroom, which incorporates employees from the nightclub, the good friend who was partying with Alves when the occasions occurred and the athlete's spouse, Joana Sanz, proposed by the protection to that proves that Sutton was drunk that night time. They will even declare the squad officers who handled the complainant and people who investigated the rape based mostly on the evaluation of the organic proof collected within the lavatory of the non-public room, in addition to the specialists who issued organic and psychological reviews on the sufferer.

A complete of 270 professionals from 70 media shops – 23 of them overseas – are accredited to comply with Alves' trial, which will probably be broadcast to the press by inside circuit sign, though neither pictures nor sound of the listening to may be broadcast. aside from some photographs of the accused sitting within the dock within the moments earlier than the beginning of the trial.