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Six Cuban volleyball players remanded in custody over alleged Tampere rape

A Tampere district court has remanded six Cuban volleyball players into custody on suspicion of aggravated rape. Remand hearings for the suspects on Tuesday took three hours as each case was heard separately.

Median edustajia Pirkanmaan käräjäoikeuden aulassa.
Image: Kaisu Jansson / Yle

A district court judge in Tampere has remanded into custody all six Cuban volleyball players suspected of committing aggravated rape last weekend.

Last weekend officers from the central Finland police department rounded up eight players from the Cuban men’s national volleyball team on suspicion of committing the offence. Two were later released and were due to return home with the rest of the team on Monday. 

Pirkanmaan käräjäoikeuden rakennus ulkoa kuvattuna. Talon edessä poliisiauto.
Image: Kaisu Jansson / Yle

Tuesday’s hearing followed the alleged rape late Friday night of a woman at a local hotel. The players were in Tampere for the world volleyball championship.

At least three of the men have denied the allegations. The lawyer for one of them said that a DNA test will establish his client's innocence.

The team was due to take place in this year's Rio Olympics, due to begin in August.

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