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Media and police officers stand at the Pirkanmaa district court where a hearing for the case of six Cuban volleyball players suspected of an aggravated rape takes place in Tampere, Finland July 5th 2016. (Lehtikuva/Kalle Parkkinen/via REUTERS)


5 players on Cuban national volleyball team convicted of rape in Finland

September 21, 2016

Five men who play on Cuba’s national volleyball team were convicted by a Finnish court of raping a woman while they were visiting the country for a tournament in July. According to prosecutors, the rape took place in a hotel in Tampere, where the team was staying. The players all maintained the sex was consensual. According to a Finnish newspaper, the victim had been cornered in a hotel room by a group of volleyball players who, despite her screaming and resisting, continued to rape her, while holding her hands and pulling her hair. According to news report, the assault lasted about 90 minutes and was filmed. Four of the men, including the captain of the team were sentenced to five years in prison, while a fifth received a three and a half year jail sentence and one other player was acquitted. Additionally, the five men were fined 24,000 euros (about $27,000) to compensate the victim, who said she has trouble sleeping and has suffered from anxiety and nightmares since the attack. After the incident, Cuba’s volleyball team went on to play in the Rio Olympics without the players who had been arrested in Finland and lost all of its 5 games.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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