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6 players from Cuba’s men’s volleyball team in custody over alleged rape

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Six members of Cuba’s national men’s volleyball team are being detained by police in Finland over an alleged rape that occurred at a hotel in Tempere, about 100 miles north of Helsinki, where the team was playing in a Volleyball World League tournament. Eight team members were originally detained after police received the report of the rape early Saturday morning, but two of the athletes have been released. The Central Finland Police Department said it has enough evidence to warrant holding the other six individuals while the investigation into the aggravated rape continues, according to Joni Lansipuro, the officer in charge of the investigation.

“We have made considerable progress in our investigation and have various pieces of evidence and relevant factors that support our suspicions,” Lansipuro said. “We propose (to the court) that they be held in custody.”

The Cuban Volleyball Association condemned the athletes’ alleged behavior, saying, “Early information implicates them in acts that are totally removed from discipline, the sense of honor and respect that govern our sport and society.”

Read more at CBS News.

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