Dani Alves case: Former Barcelona star in more trouble as prosecutors to demand longer sentence

Spanish prosecutors will appeal former Barcelona player Dani Alves’ four-and-a-half year rape sentence and seek a longer prison term, judicial sources stated Friday.

Alves was sentenced on February 22 after being found guilty of raping a young lady at a Barcelona nightclub in December 2022.

Prosecutors recommended a nine-year prison sentence followed by ten years of probation.

Alves, a famous footballer who has played for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, insisted the sex was consensual. His attorneys said immediately after the sentence that they would file an appeal.

The woman, who testified behind a screen to protect her identity, said that Alves physically forced her to have sex in the nightclub’s private bathroom despite her begging him to let her go, causing her “anguish and terror,” according to prosecutors.

Police officers who later arrived at the nightclub informed the court about the woman’s state of agitation and “shock,” as well as her anxiety that “nobody would believe her” if she filed a report.

In punishing him, the Barcelona court stated: “The victim did not consent and there is evidence that, beyond the complainant’s testimony, permits the rape to be considered proven.”

“The court considers as proven the fact that the defendant abruptly grabbed the complainant, threw her to the ground and penetrated her vaginally, preventing her from moving, while the complainant said no and wanted to leave,” it said.

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