20. 09. 2016

FIN M: Five Cuba NT members found guilty of rape and sentenced to prison!

Source: nytimes.com; Photo: hs.fi

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The District Court of Pirkanmaa, Finland, found five members of Cuba Men’s Volleyball National Team guilty of raping a woman and sentenced them to 23 and a half years in prison.


Four players, Gavilán, Calvó, Uriarte and the team’s captain Cepeda, were sentenced to five years in prison while a fifth player, Sosa, was sentenced to three and a half years. Besides being sentenced to prison, the five players will have to pay 24,000 euros in compensation to the victim.

Prosecutor explained that the rape took place in July at a hotel in Tampere, in southern Finland, where Cuba NT was staying for the 2016 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World League tournament.

Although six players denied the accusation, saying that the woman agreed to sex, the Finnish media wrote that the victim had screamed and resisted after being cornered in a hotel room by several of the volleyball players who held her hands and pulled her hair. Afterwards she was raped and even filmed. The assault had lasted 90 minutes.

Initially, eight members of Cuba NT were arrested, but two were later released without being charged. One of six players that were arrested was released from detention at the beginning of a trial.

Cuba NT competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics without these six players and lost all of its five games.

After the accusations emerged in July, the Cuban Volleyball Federation condemned the players’ behavior while both Men’s and Women’s National Teams of Cuba were disqualified (official conformation did not arrive yet) by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) from next year’s editions of World League and World Grand Prix.


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1 Comments about "FIN M: Five Cuba NT members found guilty of rape and sentenced to prison!"

21.09.2016 | 00:59 |   dee jae69 [unregistered]

thats a big lesson to all volleyball players. and sucks cause even cuba got disqualified because of this sexual act

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