Brazilian star Dani Alves, who is accused of raping a 23-year-old girl, is calling for his temporary release from prison, where he has been held pending trial without bail since January 20.
And the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia reported that lawyer Cristobal Martel will file an appeal with the Barcelona court.
However, the newspaper does not reveal whether this appeal provides "guarantees to the judges that the Brazilian international will remain at his home in Barcelona for the necessary period until the trial takes place."
Among these "guarantees" are the use of a remote bracelet, the delivery of a passport, a daily signature in court, or a deposit of money to cover any economic liability for the trial.
El abogado de Dani Alves present hoy el recurso para pedir la libertad provisional
No entry in the fondo of los hechos, sino en garantizar que el brasileño permanecerá en su domicilio de Barcelona has the celebration of juicio
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— La Vanguardia (@LaVanguardia) January 30, 2023
"I will accept what comes... nothing scares me"
Dani Alves, who is in room 13 of the Briance 2 prison in Barcelona, continues to adapt to the prison system.
Informed sources told La Vanguardia that "there is no preferential treatment or exceptional measures" for Alves in prison.
And the newspaper - which is published in Barcelona - quotes Alves as saying in prison, "I will accept everything that comes. I left home when I was 15 years old. I have overcome very difficult and complex situations in my life. This will be another one that will pass. Nothing scares me."
The newspaper also reveals that Alves repeats in prison his denial of raping the girl at the Sutton nightclub at the end of last month, and that he established a consensual relationship with the girl and her consent.
And "La Vanguardia" confirms that the inmates in the prison are already working to facilitate Alves' life, at a time when the prison administration has threatened to impose harsh penalties on any inmate who leaks information that they are not entitled to talk about.
He pointed out that Alves' companion in the same cell was a Brazilian youth who knew him previously and was nicknamed "Coutinho", and he was working as a bodyguard for the Brazilian star Ronaldinho, and he also worked in some nightclubs in Barcelona.
Contradictions of Alves' statements
In a televised interview, Alves' lawyer, Cristobal Martel, revealed that the reason for Alves' contradictions in his statements to investigators was that the player was "afraid of public disclosure of his betrayal of his wife."
In the event that Alves is convicted of rape, and after the recent legislative amendment to the “Yes is Yes” law, the penalties range from 4 to 12 years in prison.