Dani Alves wins his first battle: a doctor appointed by him will examine his alleged rape victim

This is the first win for Dani Alves since he entered prison accused of rape last January. The hearing has authorized the alleged victim of the sexual assault committed by the footballer at the Sutton nightclub on December 30 to be examined by a doctor appointed by Alves’ defense.

The authorization occurs after the appeal filed last week by the athlete’s lawyer, despite the fact that both the Prosecutor’s Office and the victim’s lawyer were opposed to the measure, as has been announced. The reason.

The former Barça player has been in prison since January 20, accused of the rape of a young woman in Barcelona and, so far, he has offered four different versions of what happened that night at the disco. Both he and his lawyer, Christopher MartellThey are hopeful of obtaining probation after explaining that “the relationships were consensual and there was mutual sexual tension” and providing a 200-page report and some videos that are being examined and analyzed by the magistrate in the case.

Until now his legal situation has been complicated at all times, due to the numerous accusatory evidence collected and the court’s refusal to grant him provisional release. Alves is supposed to be at high risk of flight due to his economic capacity, it is understood that he lacks roots in Spain (his wife, his Joana Sanz has filed for divorce) and is Brazilian. Brazil is precisely one of the countries with which Spain does not have an extradition agreement.

The soccer player is not having a good time in prison, because apparently he receives serious insults from the rest of the inmates in prison, such as “faggot” or “rapist”, despite the fact that he has visits from his family and friends every Sunday, and from his still woman, who without going any further has visited him this Sunday to congratulate the player on his 40th birthday.

Alves’ lawyer, since he took charge of the footballer’s defense, has maintained “a real legal battle with the psychological test that has to be done on the young woman”, because his clear intention is to weaken the victim and reduce the credibility of his story. It is about proving that the psychological state of the young woman is not the one that corresponds to that of a rape victim.

It is clear that, according to sources familiar with the case, “he has no choice given the overwhelming amount of evidence and indications that the court has against Alves.” The defense of the Brazilian international wants to demonstrate that the victim’s complaint is the result of a “narrative distortion”, for which reason, in addition to the expert opinion, they requested that the psychological examination of the young woman be recorded on video, although this last measure has been been rejected by the judge.

The alleged victim, for her part, also filed an appeal to avoid having to carry out that psychological examination on her part, and the Prosecutor’s Office appealed that she had to be examined by an independent forensic examiner from the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (IMLC), and by Alves psychologist.

By accepting the request of Alves’ defense, a doctor appointed by the athlete’s legal team will now be able to attend the psychological examination to which the victim must undergo, to assess his condition and possible sequelae, requested by the judge investigating the case. . As published The vanguardthe young complainant continues on sick leave and goes twice a month to an association specialized in caring for victims of sexual and sexist assaults.

She has also gone to visit the forensic doctor accompanied by her mother, and there she explained that she felt “anger, sadness, and disgust” when she remembered what happened, and also anguish when her words were doubted. The victim is afraid of being observed and investigated by a detective hired by the soccer player or her lawyers, since her identity could therefore become known and revealed.

Being recognized and questioned has been the main concern of the young complainant from the outset, despite the fact that to avoid it she renounced the compensation to which her alleged aggressor would have the right to be found guilty.