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giovedì 22 settembre 2016
Five Cuban volleyball players jailed for gang rape
Five players from Cuba’s national volleyball team have been jailed for committing a gang rape.
Four of the men, including the team captain, were given five year prison sentences while a fifth player was sentenced to three and a half years at a court in Finland on Tuesday.
The sportsmen had been playing in a major world tournament in Finland before this year’s Rio Olympics when they attacked the victim at the hotel where they were staying.
The teammates denied the charges, with some claiming they had had sex with the Finnish victim but that it was not rape.
Osmany Santiago Uriarte Mestre, 21, Ricardo Norberto Calvo Manzano, 19, Abrahan Alfonso Gavilan, 21, and Rolando Cepeda Abreu, 27, were all jailed for five years. Luis Tomas Sosa Sierra, 21, got three and a half years.
The court also ordered them to pay a total of £20,500 in compensation to the victim following the trial, which was held in private.
A sixth man, who had been held in police custody with the five others, was acquitted. Eight members of the volleyball team were initially arrested in early July but two were released without charge.
The Cuban Volleyball Association said during the investigation they acknowledged the arrests, and the acts indicated were “totally removed from discipline, the sense of honour and respect that govern our sport and society”.