This Monday the Daniel Alves trialin Barcelona, Spain, for an alleged sexual assault against a 23-year-old woman in a nightclub in the Catalan city.
The Brazilian claims his innocence and claims that the relationship was consensual. The athlete’s defense, led by lawyer Inés Guardiola, asked for the hearing to be suspended, but the request was denied by judge Isabel Delgado Pérez.
In return, the judge accepted the request for the player to give a statement at the end of the hearing, after hearing the complainant, witnesses and experts. The work is expected to be completed on Wednesday this week.
Daniel Alves’ defense requested the suspension of the oral trial, claiming that initial investigations had taken place without the player’s knowledge, stating that the athlete could have taken a breathalyzer test during the period – in his most recent statement, the athlete claims that he was drunk on the night of the occurred.
The lawyer also cited the fact that the investigating judge denied the request for a second expert to examine the woman who accuses Daniel Alves, complained about a “parallel trial” by the press, which would have weighed on the decision for preventive detention, and commented that the player is experiencing a complicated financial situation, with doubts of almost R$3 million with the Spanish Treasury.
Daniel Alves’ testimony was scheduled to take place this Monday. He arrived at the courthouse escorted by police and entered the court through the back door, wearing jeans and a white dress shirt. The player’s family members, such as his brother Ney Alves, and his mother, Lúcia Alves, were present at the trial.