Footballer Dani Alves has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after being found guilty of raping a woman in a Spanish nightclub.
On Thursday, the former Brazil international was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in the bathroom of an exclusive Barcelona nightclub on December 31, 2022.
The 40-year-old father of two has been in pre-trial detention at Brians 2 prison, near the Catalan capital, since his arrest in January last year and now faces his first night behind bars as a sex offender. condemned.
According BRANDAlves will also share prison with a Brazilian, known as Coutinho, who was a bodyguard for former Barcelona player Ronaldinho and was convicted of sexual assault.
Brians 2 Prison is the same institute where antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was held before his eventual death in 2021.
Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison after being found guilty of rape
The 40-year-old man is in preventive detention in Brians 2 prison, near the Catalan capital.
The Brians 2 prison complex was built in 2007 to alleviate overcrowding in prisons
The Brians 2 prison complex, seen from above, also housed the mastermind behind one of the country’s biggest schemes, as well as a former Barcelona president.
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McAfee was facing 10 counts of tax evasion in Tennessee and seven counts of fraud and money laundering conspiracy in New York when he was found dead in a Spanish jail.
The prison, to which McAfee was sent in October 2020 after he was caught traveling through a Barcelona airport, is a low, square, concrete complex with a green roof, according to photographs.
The images show the bare furniture, empty rooms and simplistic design of the institute, which Alves will have to become familiar with over the next four and a half years.
McAfee had compared Brians 2 to “the Hilton” in comparison to American prisons. However, he still complained about the food in tweets he posted at the time.
Just weeks after McAfee’s arrest, Spanish newspaper El Diario reported that McAfee was impressed by the structure of the country’s criminal justice system and compared it to a five-star hotel in the United States, according to a letter he wrote to his wife.
“Life in Spanish prisons is like the Hilton compared to the abject surrealism and dehumanization of American prisons,” he wrote. “Here they treat me like a human being and not like a number.”
With capacity for 1,500 inmates, the prison opened in 2007 as the Justice Department addressed overcrowding at other penitentiaries.
Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was held in the same prison before his death in 2021.
Vélves will also share prison with a Brazilian, known as Coutinho, who was a bodyguard for former Barcelona player Ronaldinho (pictured).
McAfee appeared by videoconference during his extradition hearing at the National Court in Madrid, Spain.
McAfee, before he died, said that the Spanish prison where he was staying was like a luxury hotel compared to American prisons.
There have also been examples of prison violence, including a highly publicized brutal inmate murder shortly before McAfee was arrested.
The victim, who had been imprisoned for coercing minors and disabled people into sex work and gender violence, was listening to music on an MP3 player when the inmate caught him off guard and stabbed him with a knife 29 times in his neck, chest and The abdomen.
In April 2020, a 27-year-old man, who was diagnosed with mental problems, apparently experienced a manic attack and attacked inmates and prison staff before guards restrained him.
The detainee, who was serving a 32-month sentence for theft and gender violence, was immobilized by prison officers and stopped breathing.
At one point, the prisoner stopped breathing and paramedics pronounced him dead.
Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, arrested for money laundering before being acquitted by a court for lack of evidence, spent part of his 20 months in prison in Brians 2.
And Fèlix Millet, the former president of the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, mastermind of one of the biggest intrigues that raised 23 million euros, was serving a sentence of nine years and eight months in prison in Brians 2. He died of a stroke in March 2023, at the age of 87.
Meanwhile, Alves protested his innocence on February 7 after taking the stand on the final day of his three-day trial at Barcelona’s Provincial Court.
Prosecutors had been pushing for a 12-year prison sentence for the 40-year-old Brazilian after being found guilty of raping a woman in a Spanish nightclub in 2022.
Dani Alves’ family is seen leaving the court during the trial earlier this month, including his ex-wife Joana Sanz (centre left) and his mother Lucía (centre right).
He admitted having sex in a bathroom at Barcelona’s exclusive Sutton nightclub on December 30, 2022, with his 23-year-old accuser, but insisted it was consensual.
The woman who was today found guilty of rape confirmed that Alves had forced himself on her when she gave evidence in court behind her screen.
A friend who was with her the night of the rape burst into tears as she recalled how the victim ‘crying uncontrollably’ after leaving the small bathroom where the incident occurred.
State prosecutors had demanded a nine-year prison sentence if Alves was convicted and a private prosecutor acting on behalf of the victim demanded a 12-year prison sentence at his trial.