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La corte española rechaza la solicitud de Dani Alves de suspender el juicio

The Spanish court has rejected Dani Alves’ argument for more time to prepare for his criminal prosecution for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Barcelona. The former Brazil and Barcelona defender is facing a nine-year prison term and damages worth €150,000. Alves initially denied any sexual encounter with the woman, but later admitted to consensual sex, stating that he had initially denied it to protect his marriage. The trial, which is expected to last three days, is drawing significant attention in Spain, especially in the midst of growing political and social focus on sexual assault and gender violence. The case is one of Spain’s highest-profile cases since a 2022 law made consent a key factor in sexual assault cases. The trial of such a high-profile athlete has triggered national conversations on the topic, and sexual assault cases are now investigated under the general accusation of sexual assault in Spain. Alves, who has won more than 40 trophies for Brazil and various clubs, was fired by Mexico’s Pumas UNAM following his arrest.
Brazilian and former Barcelona defender Dani Alves, at 40 years old, faced a rejection of his argument for more time to prepare for his criminal prosecution, as a Spanish court dismissed his claim of trial by media. He stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Barcelona in 2022 and has been held on remand since his arrest in January 2023. Prosecutors are seeking a nine-year prison term and €150,000 in damages. The high-profile trial began on Monday and is expected to last three days, with a total of 30 people giving evidence. The case has drawn significant attention in Spain, particularly in light of recent legal changes addressing sexual assault cases. Alves, known for his success on the field, has won more than 40 trophies as a player for Brazil and various clubs, but following his arrest, he was released by Mexico’s Pumas UNAM.

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