The Spanish Prosecutor’s Office has opposed the Barcelona Court releasing the former Barça player, Dani Alves, on provisional release, considering that the risk of flight persists and that the indications that he committed the alleged violation for which he entered prison on January 20.
According to sources from the public ministry, the Prosecutor’s Office has already presented its report to the Barcelona Court to oppose the release of the footballer and rejects the precautionary measures of passport withdrawal, daily appearances in court and use of a telematic bracelet who proposes his defense.
Alves’ defense appealed before the Court of Barcelona the order of the investigating judge to send him to pretrial detention for allegedly raping a young woman at the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona, so the court must decide in the coming days whether to release him, a Once you have the reports of the Prosecutor’s Office and the private prosecution.
Last week, the judge that investigates the ex-player of the FC Barcelona Dani Alves by allegedly rape a young woman at the Sutton nightclub offered to one of the two friends who accompanied her to report him for sexual assault by touchingafter both assured that he also groped them.
As they have explained to the agency EFE judicial sourcesboth girls, one her cousin, the other her friend, accompanied the victim on the night of December 30so they have declared this friday like witnesses before the owner of the investigative court number 15 of Barcelonain an appearance in which they have endorsed the complainant’s version.
Both testified that before taking the complainant to the bathroom where the sexual assault allegedly occurred, the footballer also approached them with obvious sexual intent.
To one of the young women, according to what they have told the magistrate, alves approached him and he wrapped his arms around her waistwhile the other came to do touching their private partsboth situations that they specified, made them feel “uncomfortable”.
During the statement, the judge reminded the young woman who received the touching that the opportunity to denounce the factswhat the witness rejection so as not to detract from the felony sexual assault What did your friend suffer?
The two witnesses have also corroborated the version of the complainant about what happened before and after the alleged sexual assault at the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona.
According to their version, they were conversing with a group of young people when a waiter approached them to tell them that some “gentlemen” wanted invite them to a cava in that private areato which they ended up agreeing after initially rejecting the offer.
Once in the private room, they were chatting with Alves, at which point the footballer allegedly groped themafter which he went to the door that communicated to the private bathroom and, from there, gestured for the victim to come closer.
According to the witnesses, they did not imagine that the door led to a private bathroomand on the contrary they thought it gave access to a space where you could smoke, so when one wanted to use the toilet, she left the private room and went to the lower floor.
After a quarter of an hour, Dani Alves left the private bathroom and moments later the complainant did, who turned to one of her friends telling her “we’re leaving here”. Already on the way out, when they were waiting for his jackets in the cloakroom, she burst into tears while repeating “He has hurt me.”
At that time, the nightclub bouncer approached the young woman to ask her what was wrong, prompting Sutton’s security team to activate their protocol against sexual assaultso they took the victim to a secluded room and they called the Mossos d’Esquadra.
They also appeared before the judge testify as witnesses the goalkeeper, sutton’s owner, the director of the room and two waiters who served drinks in the booth.
The witnesses have supported the victim’s accountwho when she was attended to by nightclub staff was reluctant to denounce Dani Alves while repeating: “They won’t believe me.”
The defense of the soccer player, exercised by the lawyer Christopher Martellhas pointed to EFE that “inconsistencies persist”. “I should not extend more by express indication of the court.”
The footballer stays in preventive detention since last January 20 by order of the judge, who ordered his imprisonment when appreciating a high risk of flight given his economic capacity, the fact that he has dual nationality, Spanish and Brazilian, and the non-existence of extradition agreements between Spain and his native Brazil.