A Spanish court has rejected the appeal for the release on bail of Brazilian footballer Dani Alves, arrested for alleged rape, pending investigation, considering there is a risk of escape.
The Associated Press reported, as quoted by Lusa, that the court held that Dani Alves is a flight risk and must remain in custody while the investigation unfolds.
A judge had ordered his pre-trial detention following initial investigations by the authorities.
The Brazilian international was arrested on January 20 after reporting to the police, being investigated for alleged sexual assault that occurred in December.
The player has been summoned to appear at the Les Corts police station in Barcelona, following the investigation for an alleged offense of sexual assault, the complaint of which was filed on January 2.
Initially, Alves denied knowing the alleged victim, but after resorting to surveillance videos, it became clear that the Brazilian lied, a situation that led to his arrest.
The alleged facts are said to have occurred on the night of December 30-31 and the complaint was filed on January 2.
On February 1, the player's lawyers informed him that he was available to surrender his passport to the Spanish authorities and also wear a tracking device so that he could go free.
According to the Brazilian international's lawyers, who filed the appeal in a Barcelona court for the 39-year-old's release, he was also available to appear in court and before the authorities as often as necessary, including on a daily basis.
Alves' lawyers have also argued that his detention without bail is not justified, as there is insufficient evidence about the alleged rape of a woman in a Barcelona nightclub.
Dani Alves, who was at the World Cup2022 in Qatar, had a successful career with FC Barcelona, and also represented Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, among others, in a career full of successes, which led him to be the most titled player in the world, with 42 trophies.
The Brazilian international, who is married to a Spanish woman, was on vacation in Barcelona after the 2022 World Cup, which took place in Qatar.
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