Daniel Alves’ wife posts photo holding hands with former player a week after release; athlete responds free for rape | Bahia

Daniel Alves’ wife posts photo holding hands with former player a week after release; athlete responds free for rape | Bahia
Daniel Alves’ wife posts photo holding hands with former player a week after release; athlete responds free for rape | Bahia
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1 of 4 Joana Sanz and Daniel Alves together — Photo: Reproduction/Social Networks
Joana Sanz and Daniel Alves together — Photo: Reproduction/Social Networks

Model Joana Sanz, wife of Daniel Alves, shared a photo with the former Bahian player on social media. The record was published on Instagram this Monday (1st), a week after the athlete left prison to await the final result of his rape trial.

2 of 4 Photo shared by Joana Sanz, wife of Daniel Alves, alongside the former athlete this Monday (1st) — Photo: Reproduction/Social Networks
Photo shared by Joana Sanz, wife of Daniel Alves, alongside the former athlete this Monday (1st) — Photo: Reproduction/Social Networks

Joana did not make any verbal statement in the post, but showed the two holding hands. The click displays a tattoo shared by the couple: “1 + 1 = 1”.

“I don’t keep posting on social media and it doesn’t always have to be how I feel and how I stop feeling. When I open up and want to express my feelings, I do. And when I don’t, there’s no reason. My friends and my surroundings know that they are the ones who are living with me”, he stated.

Married since 2017, she and Daniel were together when the crime occurred.

In the version presented by the athlete’s defense, in April 2023, he declared to the judge that he had had consensual sexual relations with the complainant. With the conviction, the former player’s defense appeals the sentence.

Daniel also has the support of his mother, Lucia Alves, among other family members. Lawyer Graciele Queiroz, who represents the athlete’s family, detailed to g1 what his reunion with his wife was like.

3 of 4 Photo that Daniel Alves’ mother published with her son on social media before the conviction — Photo: Reproduction / Social Networks
Photo that Daniel Alves’ mother published with her son on social media before the conviction — Photo: Reproduction / Social Networks

“She spent 1h30 with him, very calmly and we observed that he was calm”, highlighted the lawyer at the time.

According to the defense, the former player “filmfully believed in an acquittal”, which did not happen.

Sentence reduced by “mitigating” element

Daniel Alves’ sentence is far from the 9 years in prison requested by the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office and even further from the 12 years requested by the victim.

The crime of “sexual assault” is provided for in the Spanish Penal Code and is typified in article 178: “Whoever attacks the sexual freedom of another person, resorting to violence or intimidation, will be punished as responsible for sexual assault with a prison sentence of one to five years.”

4 of 4 Daniel Alves is accused of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub; he denies it. — Photo: REUTERS via BBC
Daniel Alves is accused of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub; he denies it. — Photo: REUTERS via BBC

According to the ruling, the court applied to the football player a mitigating circumstance of compensation for the damage by considering that “before the trial, the defense deposited the amount of 150 thousand euros into the court’s account to be given to the victim regardless of the outcome of the trial, and this fact expresses, according to the court, ‘a reparative will'”.

As a result, the former player’s sentence was reduced due to the application of this mitigating factor, and not due to his state of intoxication, an argument used strategically by Alves’ defense during the trial with the aim of reducing the time of the possible sentence.

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