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Five Cuban volleyball players jailed for rape in Finland

other-sports Updated: Sep 20, 2016 16:17 IST
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The court of Tampere, Finland, shows players of Cuba's national volleyball team accused of rape. Five members of Cuba's national volleyball team were jailed on September 20, 2016 in Finland for a rape that took place during a Volleyball World League event in July, a district court said. A sixth player was acquitted of the same charge. (AFP)

Five members of Cuba’s national volleyball team were jailed on Tuesday in Finland for a rape that took place during a Volleyball World League event in July, a district court said.

Four players, including 27-year-old team captain Rolando Cepeda Abreu, Abrahan Alfonso Gavilan, 21, Ricardo Calvo Manzano, 19, and Osmany Uriarte Mestre, 21, were handed five-year prison sentences for aggravated rape.

A fifth player, Luis Sosa Sierra, 21, received a shorter sentence of three years and six months, while a sixth teammate, Dariel Albo Miranda, 24, was acquitted of the same charge.

The Pirkanmaa district court said the Finnish woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was attacked on the night of July 2 in a hotel where the Cuban team was staying during the Volleyball World League championship in the southern town of Tampere.

Few details of the events were disclosed to the media and public, and the trial was held behind closed doors to protect the victim.

According to the charge sheet, the players “had together and in mutual understanding forced (the victim) to several acts of sexual intercourse by means of violence and by taking advantage of (her) fear and state of helplessness.”

The court said it had acquitted Dariel Albo Miranda, after the victim and his teammates confirmed his claim that he had not participated in the rape.

The rest of the Cuban national team finished last in their group at the Olympic Games in Rio, with five straight defeats.