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    The court has mandated that Robinho serve his rape sentence in Brazil.

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    The majority of judges in a Brazilian court agreed on Wednesday to support an Italian court’s decision to convict former AC Milan and Brazil striker Robinho for rape. They ruled that he must serve his nine-year prison sentence in Brazil.

    Judges from Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice voted 9-2 to uphold the conviction of the former Real Madrid and Manchester City player.

    Robinho, aged 40, was sentenced in Italy to nine years in prison for his involvement in a group sexual assault in 2013 when he was playing for AC Milan.

    Since Brazil doesn’t extradite its citizens, Italy sought his imprisonment in his home country.

    One of the issues decided by Brazil’s superior court of justice, a 15-judge panel in Brasilia, was whether Robinho fits into the country’s immigration law passed in 2017.

    Robinho’s lawyer, José Eduardo Rangel de Alckim, stated he would appeal the decision to Brazil’s Supreme Court and request that Robinho remain out of prison during the appeal process.

    “Our first concern is to suspend the immediate arrest order. We will ask for the sentence to be executed after the appeal decision has been made,” said Alckim.

    The first judge to vote, Francisco Falcão, stated that Robinho should serve his sentence in Brazil. He emphasized that the former player cannot escape punishment and warned of potential diplomatic tensions between Brazil and Italy if the sentence is not served.

    Robinho resides in Santos, near Sao Paulo. He surrendered his passport to Brazilian authorities in March 2023. Despite denying any wrongdoing, he maintains that his sexual relations with the woman at a Milan bar were consensual.

    Lawyer Jacopo Gnocchi, representing the victim, expressed satisfaction with the Brazilian court’s ruling.

    “We believe that this is the fair conclusion of a case that took place in Italy, with assurances for all the defendants who were then found guilty,” Gnocchi told Brazilian news website UOL.

    “We respected and understood that the Brazilian Constitution does not allow extradition of its citizens, but that does not change the fact that when the sentence is final, it is fair for the sentence to be applied.”

    Source: ESPN.com

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