Dani Alves Released on €1m Bail Amid Rape Conviction

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Former Brazilian footballer Dani Alves is set to be released from prison after successfully making the €1 million ($1.08m) bail payment required while awaiting the outcome of his appeal against a rape conviction, confirmed court officials on Monday.

Alves received a four and a half-year prison sentence on Feb. 22 from Catalonia’s top court for sexually assaulting a woman in a Barcelona nightclub in 2022.

Despite being granted bail last Wednesday, he remained incarcerated for the week as he struggled to secure the required funds in time.

According to sources, Alves explored various avenues to raise the bail amount, including liquidating assets and seeking owed funds from the Spanish tax agency.

Judicial sources reported via Spanish news agency EFE that Alves successfully made the payment on Friday, leading to the confirmation of his imminent release by the court on Monday.

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As part of his release conditions, Alves must surrender his Brazilian and Spanish passports, remain within the country’s borders, and refrain from approaching the victim or attempting any form of communication. He also must undergo weekly check-ins at the courthouse and maintains a residence near Barcelona.

The decision to grant Alves bail during the appeal process faced criticism, with the victim’s lawyer, Ester García, condemning it as “scandalous.”

“It is justice for the rich,” she said.

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