Will Dani Alves get out on bail? Prosecutors oppose bid for release
Lawyers for footballer Dani Alves, who has been remanded in custody amid allegations he raped a woman at a Barcelona nightclub, are seeking to get him out on bail.
Spanish prosecutors are opposing Dani Alves’ bid to be released on bail, according to the newspaper El Periódico.
Alves, 39, has been remanded in custody in a Barcelona prison since late last month, after his arrest over accusations that he raped a 23-year-old woman in a nightclub in the Catalan capital.
The footballer’s legal team, headed up by lawyer Cristóbal Martell, has submitted an appeal against a Spanish judge’s decision to place the Brazilian on remand without bail, arguing that he does not represent a flight risk. However, prosecutors have reportedly asked the judge to keep Alves behind bars.
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Prosecutors argue Alves is a flight risk
According to El Periódico, they say there are “indications of criminality” in Alves’ actions at the Sutton nightclub on 30 December, and insist that he is a flight risk.
In her decision not to grant bail to the former Barcelona player, the judge noted that Alves has the financial means to leave Spain, and pointed to the fact that the country does not have an extradition agreement with Brazil.
Alves “a model prisoner”
As Alves awaits news on his provisional release, his behaviour at the Brians II prison has been “exceptional”, journalist Mayka Navarro has revealed on Spanish TV channel TeleCinco.
“There are no indications that he’s suffering from an emotional slump,” Navarro told the show ‘El Programa de Ana Rosa’ on Monday. “I’m told that he’s proving to be a model prisoner.”