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Alves asks to annul his trial because a "parallel trial" has violated his presumption of innocence

The court considers the previous issues during a recess.

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Alves asks to annul his trial because a "parallel trial" has violated his presumption of innocence

The court considers the previous issues during a recess

BARCELONA, 5 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) -

The defense of footballer Dani Alves has asked to suspend the trial in which he is accused of sexually assaulting a young woman at the Sutton nightclub in Barcelona because he considers that a "parallel trial in the media" has violated his right to the presumption of innocence. .

His lawyer, Inés Guardiola, has argued this in the processing of issues prior to the start of the trial that began this Monday in the Barcelona Court, and the court will decide it after a recess.

Guardiola has delivered to the court some 450 pieces of news about the case, which in his opinion have represented "a constant trickle to present Mr. Alves as a sexual aggressor, leading to a public condemnation."

The defense also considers the right to an impartial judge violated because it believes that the judge who tried the case was "contaminated by the media."

The lawyer has put forward other arguments to try to suspend the trial, such as that Alves supposedly did not have access to the information regarding the investigation about him from the first moment and that when he was arrested his lawyer had "less than two hours" to find out. investigation and prepare the statement.

Guardiola has stated that Alves "never had the opportunity to defend himself effectively during the investigation phase", sees his right to a process with all guarantees violated and believes he has labeled the treatment given to him by the court as unfairly differential.

The lawyer has also presented to the court a certificate from the Tax Agency of 2023, which shows that Alves has a negative balance of 20,000 euros in the account and a judicial seizure of about 50,000, and has also challenged several of the evidence presented by the accusation.