Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves agrees to wear tracking device, turn in passport during investigation
Brazilian footballer Dani Alves has agreed to surrender his passport and wear a tracking device if released pending the investigation into the sexual assault against him, his lawyers have said in an appeal filed in a Spanish court. this week.
Alves was remanded in January after being charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub on December 30. A judge ordered the veteran jailed without bail after analyzing authorities’ initial investigation and hearing testimony from Alves, the alleged victim and a witness.
Alves denied any wrongdoing.
In the appeal obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Alves offered to report to court and authorities as often as necessary, including daily, and not to leave Spain. He would not approach within 500 meters of the accuser, her home or her place of work, and would not communicate with her in any way. The appeal said he would agree to wear a device that would allow authorities to continuously monitor his whereabouts to ensure he was meeting his obligations.
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The appeal said Alves would post bail in an amount set by the judge, in addition to handing over his travel documents to authorities. The judge had denied Alves bail in part because he was considered a flight risk.
Lawyers for Alves, including one who worked for Lionel Messi in his tax evasion case, have claimed that the charges brought by the alleged victim alone were not enough to result in his detention without bail.
Brazil’s Dani Alves listens to a question during a World Cup news conference in Doha, Qatar on December 1, 2022. Alves agreed to wear a tracking device and surrender his passport if released, as part of an ongoing sexual assault investigation against him. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
They said there were inconsistencies in her testimony, including when she said she was scared of Alves and her friends at the nightclub even though security cameras showed her and her friends were in a “festive” way.
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They also point to footage showing the accuser was not forced into the bathroom where she claimed she was assaulted.
Alves initially denied having sex with her, but later admitted to consensual sex.
Lawyers said in the appeal that he initially denied having sex with her because he wanted to protect his wife and children.
The accuser reportedly waived her right to seek financial compensation from Alves if he is ultimately found guilty.
Under Spain’s sexual consent law passed last year, sexual assault encompasses a wide range of crimes from online abuse and groping to rape, each with different possible penalties. A case of violent rape can carry a maximum sentence of 15 years.
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Alves, 39, has won 42 football titles, including three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and two Copa Americas with Brazil. He played his third World Cup last year in Qatar.
Alves had his contract with Mexican club Pumas terminated after his arrest. He was arrested after returning from Brazil to Spain and agreeing to speak to authorities about the case. His attorneys said Alves also lost his sponsorships due to his arrest.