Brazil court docket strikes forward on rape case in opposition to Robinho


A excessive court docket in Brazil will transfer ahead with Italy’s case in opposition to former soccer star Robinho, who was sentenced in Europe to 9 years in jail for rape.

In a ruling late Wednesday, Brazil’s superior court docket of justice set a date of Aug. 2 to resolve whether or not the Italian authorities should translate Robinho’s full case into Portuguese after which ship it to Brazilian authorities for additional evaluation, as requested by the previous participant’s lawyer.

Italian authorities need the 39-year-old Robinho to serve his sentence in Brazil, however the Brazilian court docket is but to agree. Brazil would not extradite nationals.

Robinho was convicted in Italy in 2017 for his half within the group sexual assault in Milan that passed off 4 years beforehand, when he was enjoying for Serie A staff AC Milan. Italy’s prime court docket upheld the Brazilian’s sentence in 2022, after which Italian prosecutors issued a global arrest warrant.

Robinho lives in Santos, outdoors Sao Paulo. He relinquished his passport to Brazilian authorities in March.

His attorneys, who didn’t reply a request for remark from The Related Press, declare he had consensual sexual relations at a bar with a younger girl, as 5 of his buddies additionally did.

If the Brazilian court docket rejects Robinho’s request for a full translation from Italy, will probably be in a position to rule on his future.

The choice got here hours after Brazilian information web site UOL revealed audio recordings obtained by Italian authorities through which Robinho mentioned the case with buddies. The content material was already identified, however the participant’s personal voice making dismissive feedback in regards to the sufferer and the case itself shocked followers.

“We are going to punch her in her face. You’ll punch her within the face and say; ‘What did I do to you?'” Robinho tells a buddy in one of many excerpts, throughout which he claims he didn’t take a part of the rape.

In one other dialogue, Robinho says “that’s the reason I’m laughing, I do not care in any respect.”

“The lady was extraordinarily drunk, she would not even know who I’m,” he mentioned.

Robinho mentioned in one other dialog that he had left the bar after having intercourse with the younger girl, however his buddies remained along with her. Later, he reveals some concern in regards to the story changing into public.

“If this comes out within the press, it’ll screw me,” mentioned Robinho, who additionally performed for Actual Madrid and Manchester Metropolis.

One other Brazilian footballer, Dani Alves, is in jail in Spain whereas an investigation right into a sexual assault accusation in opposition to him continues. Native authorities reportedly determined to research the case discreetly so they may arrest the previous Barcelona participant upon his return to Spain, in a transfer that averted a scenario much like Robinho’s.


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