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Dani Alves Granted Bail Amidst Appeal Against Conviction

Dani Alves Granted Bail Amidst Appeal Against Conviction
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Former Brazilian football star Dani Alves has been granted conditional release from a Barcelona prison on bail. The decision comes after a Spanish court approved his bail set at €1 million, pending an appeal against his sexual assault conviction.

Alves, who has played for clubs such as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, was convicted last month for an incident that occurred on New Year's Eve 2022 at a nightclub in Barcelona. He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for the assault.

The court's ruling stipulates several conditions for Alves' release. He is required to surrender both his Brazilian and Spanish passports, ensuring he cannot leave Spain during the appeal process. Additionally, he must appear before the court weekly and adhere to a restraining order that prevents him from approaching the victim.

The decision to grant bail was not unanimous, with one judge dissenting. The ruling has sparked controversy, with the victim's lawyer expressing outrage and dissatisfaction, labeling the decision as "a scandal" and indicative of a justice system that favors the wealthy. The lawyer has announced plans to lodge an appeal against the bail decision.

Alves' case has drawn significant attention, particularly in light of Spain's recent legal reforms emphasizing the importance of consent, known as the "Only Yes is Yes" principle. The court found that the victim did not consent to the encounter with Alves, who initially denied knowing the accuser before changing his testimony multiple times.

As the appeal process unfolds, the football world watches closely, awaiting the final outcome of a case that has already left an indelible mark on the career and legacy of one of Brazil's most capped internationals.