Saturday, February 24, 2024

About twenty witnesses, 270 journalists, and an agreement on the air

The player Dani Alves will arrive this Monday in the Court of Barcelona for the start of the trial in which he is accused of the alleged sexual assault of a woman in a nightclub in Sutton, a hearing scheduled for a year and 15 days after he entered the temporary prison. . The trial will last until Wednesday, and the private prosecution of the complainant is asking for a sentence condemning him to 12 years in prison, while the Prosecutor’s Office is asking for a sentence of nine years in prison. A trial where protecting the alleged victim is key.

The trial will not be behind closed doors unless the alleged victim testifies, which could happen on Monday. The woman’s statement will be recorded, but “so as not to leak her image or voice,” the recording will be made with the voice distorted and the image pixelated. Everyone must call him “the complainant,” and he will be separated from Alves by a screen to prevent visual contact between them.

About 28 witnesses are expected to testify, including Alves himself and the expected statement of Joana Sanz, as well as experts who will explain the medical reports of the victim and the damage he suffered. The footage captured at the nightclub door and the Mossos d’Esquadra agents who came to help the woman will also be shown. Thanks to the Mossos’ “protection” of the bathroom where the attack took place, fingerprints and DNA evidence greatly complicated the Brazilian’s defense.

270 accredited journalists

The whole world will watch what is already known as the most media trial of the year, and the proof of this is more than 270 journalists from around the world who are accredited to see Alves sitting in the dock.

The defense of the player, first led by the lawyer Cristóbal Martell and now by the lawyer Inés Guardiola, has several times been considered an agreement with the accusations that would mean a lower sentence for the player. The main proposals are about 4 years in prison and “heavy” victim compensation. Although this possibility seems closed, talks are ongoing, and Alves is confident of a final move that will save him from the bench.

This was stated in Telecinco by Mayka Navarro, who pointed out that an agreement can still be reached so that the settlement is not over. “Dani Alves’ defense continues to seek that agreement,” said the journalist. To do this, “he must admit that on that night of December 31, he attacked the 23-year-old girl.” Navarro recalled that at the beginning of this case, Cristóbal Martell, the former soccer player’s first lawyer, and Esther García, a lawyer defending the victim, sat with the Prosecutor’s Office. “The years of the sentence and civil liability are taken into account, with more than 150.00 euros set by the investigating judge at the last moment.” Some conversations that Inés Guardiola continued later, although the events that have happened in recent weeks have paralyzed them,. “It is not in favor of spreading images of the family of Dani Alves at the birth of the young woman,” said the journalist.

Agreement “in extremis”?

Despite this, negotiations could continue, and neither party would dare to completely reject an agreement “in extremis.” Less than 24 hours before the trial, there is no evidence of new contacts between the parties in this regard, but it is worth noting that the “compliance agreement” can be requested even after the trial has begun. This means that reaching an agreement is possible until the second before the judge issues a sentence. In these cases, the request for mediation can paralyze its progress and give time for the people involved to negotiate. If they agree, the trial will not continue.

The hearing will begin to process the initial issues, and the statement of the plaintiff is scheduled for the same Monday. The plaintiff will be separated from the accused by a screen in the room so that they do not make eye contact. The interrogation of Alves is also tentatively set for Monday, at the cost of his defense being able to request the transfer to the end of the trial, a common request so that the accused can testify in response to all the evidence presented.

Protection of the victim

The trial of the player Dani Alves will only be behind closed doors when the complainant testifies, and the rest of the hearing will not be recorded or broadcast to the media.

The court ordered that all the people participating in the trial (Alves himself, lawyers, witnesses, and experts) call the victim “the complainant” without saying his first or last name. Questions about private life or data that facilitate identification should also be avoided.

Although it will be done behind closed doors, the woman’s statement will be recorded as evidence, and “to prevent her image or voice from being leaked later,” the recording will be made with the voice distorted and the image pixelated. .

Regarding media coverage, journalists can listen and report on the content of the trial, but they will not record or re-send images or audio recordings of what happens in court, including the interrogation of the player.

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