Dani Alves was arrested on January 20, 2023, and has since been remanded without bail, charged with an alleged sexual assault committed at the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona on December 30.
The judge investigating the case considered that Alves was at risk of fleeing and that his assets allowed him to live anywhere in the world, which is why she ordered that the ex-footballer be remanded in custody without bail.
Alves’ defense team have called for his release from prison, citing his family and business roots in Barcelona.
La Vanguardia newspaper reports that Alves’ defense lawyers have filed an appeal with the Barcelona Court of Appeal demanding his release from prison, citing his family, social, personal and business roots in the city.
Journalist Mayka Navarro said lawyer Cristobal Martell presented a 24-page document in which he does not assess the evidence and focuses on ensuring that the former Barcelona and Sevilla player will not run away and will remain in Spain until the trial is held.
The measures that the court could impose on Alves if he leaves prison
El Periodico report that the Barcelona court could impose a series of measures on Alves such as releasing him on bail, withdrawing his passport, appearing in court on specific dates or placing a telematics bracelet on him.
JC Albalat and Guillem Sanchez have already published that Alves is ready to wear a telematic bracelet to prevent his escape.
Alves’ contradictions were due to ‘afraid of revealing in public that he had been unfaithful to his wife’
Cristobal Martell, Dani Alves’ lawyer, spoke on Antena 3 about the Alves case.
The reason for his contradictions in his statements, as the former Barcelona and Sevilla player told his new lawyer, was that the player was “afraid of revealing in public that he had been unfaithful to his wife”.
What penalties does Dani Alves face if found guilty?
According to the victim’s statement, which the investigating judge considers “energetic and persistent”, the player forced her into a bathroom located in a reserved area of the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona on the night of December 30-31 .
Following the latest legislative amendment, the penalties range from four to 12 years in prison when the assault consists of carnal access through the vagina, anus or mouth.