BARCELONA: Brazilian footballer Dani Alves, a former star at Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, goes on trial on Monday (Feb 5) in Barcelona accused of raping a girl in a neighborhood nightclub.
Prosecutors are asking for a nine-year jail sentence, adopted by 10 years of conditional liberty. They’re additionally asking that he pay €150,000 (US$162,000) in compensation to the girl.
The trial opens at 9am GMT and is because of wrap up on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old former defender has been in jail since his arrest in January 2023 after a girl accused him of raping her in a rest room of the VIP space of the upscale Sutton nightclub in Barcelona within the early hours of Dec 31, 2022.
Alves has stated they’d consensual intercourse after initially denying realizing the girl throughout a tv interview.
In response to the prosecution, Alves – who was on vacation in Barcelona on the time after taking part in for Brazil on the World Cup in Qatar – supplied champagne to the younger girl and her buddy.
Alves then allegedly invited the girl to enter a small enclosure on the nightclub, which she says she didn’t know was a bathroom.
As soon as inside, the footballer confirmed a “violent angle” and compelled her to have intercourse regardless of her resistance, prosecutors say, in accordance with the indictment.
“The sufferer requested him a number of occasions to let her go, saying she wished to depart however the defendant prevented her from doing so,” in accordance with the indictment, which describes a “scenario of anguish and terror” for the younger girl.
The girl, who acquired medical remedy after leaving the nightclub, is being handled for post-traumatic stress, in accordance with prosecutors.
Alves’ authorized workforce misplaced a battle to maintain the trial behind closed doorways, although media and the general public is not going to be current when the accuser takes the stand. Her identification has by no means been revealed.
Alves advised Barcelona-based every day La Vanguardia in June that he initially lied about realizing his accuser as a result of he was afraid his spouse would depart him if he admitted to being with one other girl.
Spanish courts have repeatedly rejected requests that Alves be launched pending his trial, citing a flight threat to Brazil, which usually doesn’t extradite its residents.
In Spain, a plea deal stays potential proper till the beginning of the trial, that means Alves might nonetheless admit guilt in change for a softer penalty.
The accuser’s lawyer in November denied she had reached such an settlement, however admitted that “talks” had been held.
Alves received 42 trophies throughout a extremely profitable profession, together with three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and two Copa Americas with Brazil.
The peak of his profession got here when taking part in for Barcelona between 2008 and 2016, the place he received 23 trophies.
Alves, who additionally performed for Juventus in Italy and for Sevilla, was on the time of his arrest with Mexican membership Pumas UNAM, who sacked him quickly afterwards.