Tuesday 16th August, 2016
(GNA/dpa) – Six members of Cuba’s men’s volleyball team were Tuesday charged
with aggravated rape in connection with a visit to Finland last month, a
Finnish prosecutor said.
The six, aged 19 to
27, denied the charges, District Prosecutor Leena Koivuniemi told dpa.
She declined to say
what sort of evidence she would rely on in the pending court case at the
Pirkanmaa District Court in Tampere, citing that details in the case were
If convicted, the
men risk up to two years in prison, the prosecutor said.
The July 5 remand
custody hearing was held behind closed doors.
After that hearing,
police told reporters that a woman had lodged a complaint and that the alleged
incident took place at a hotel in Tampere, north of the capital Helsinki.
The Cuban team were
taking part in an international tournament as part of preparations for the Rio
At the Olympic
tournament, Cuba substituted the six players who remained in Finnish custody.
Cuba’s men lost all five matches in the group stage.