Dani Alves rape trial: When will the verdict be delivered?
Alves, who has been detained since January 2023 without bail, refuted the claims made against him during his testimony, arguing that the accuser had the freedom to leave at any time and asserting his non-violent nature.
The trial, held in Spain, saw Alves facing potential penalties including a nine-year prison term and financial restitution to the accuser, with a verdict anticipated in the coming weeks.
What happened that night at Sutton nightclub?
The proceedings featured testimonies from various witnesses, including a psychologist who noted signs of post-traumatic stress disorder in the accuser, and others who described Alves’s state of inebriation on the night in question.
This trial unfolds under the shadow of Alves’s decorated football career, including his tenure with clubs like Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, and his participation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Brazil.
The incident at the heart of the trial allegedly occurred in the VIP section of the Sutton nightclub in the early hours of New Year’s Eve in 2022.
Prosecutors argue that Alves became violent and forced the woman to have sex against her will after luring her into a bathroom, a claim supported by the distressing testimony of the accuser and her friends.
The defence, meanwhile, presented arguments suggesting the accuser’s distress could have been exacerbated by the media’s focus on the case.
As the football world watches closely, the outcome of this trial could have far-reaching implications for Alves’s legacy and the broader conversation around accountability, consent, and Spain’s treatment of sexual assault allegations in the public eye.