Ex-Barcelona star, Dani Alves granted €1m bail after 14 months in prison

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FILE - Barcelona's Dani Alves celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. Alves is leaving Barcelona for a second time, five months after the Brazil right back had returned to the Spanish club he helped lead to more than 20 titles. The 39-year-old Alves played for Barcelona from 2008-2016, winning 23 trophies including three Champions League titles. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)

Former Brazilian football star Dani Alves has been granted temporary release from prison after serving 14 months behind bars.

However, his freedom is contingent upon the outcome of his appeal against a rape conviction and he must pay a significant bail fee of €1million.

Dani Alves was sentenced to four and a half years in jail and ordered to pay €150,000 in damages to the victim last month.

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Despite being released on bail, he is subject to strict conditions. These include surrendering both passports, staying away from the victim and their frequented places by 1,000 meters, attending weekly legal meetings, and promptly responding to authorities.

Originally deemed a flight risk, Alves faces immediate return to prison if he attempts to escape or breaches any conditions.

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The appeal process is expected to last at least another 13 months, mirroring his previous conviction duration.

This means if Dani Alves meets the requirements stated, he could have a year and three months with his family.

The decision to grant bail comes amidst concerns that Alves, with Brazil lacking an extradition policy with Spain, could evade justice by returning to his homeland.

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However, during a recent court hearing, Alves vowed not to run away, but remain in Spain, where he owns property in Barcelona.

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