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Finland pays damages to unjustly-jailed Cuban volleyball player

A man whose rape conviction was overturned will be paid just under 200,000 euros in compensation. He had sought almost twice that sum.

The State Treasury announced the compensation on Tuesday. Image: YLE/ Pekka Sipilä

A Cuban volleyball player who was unjustly imprisoned for almost a year in Finland will be paid nearly 200,000 euros in damages by the State Treasury.

According to Tuesday's decision, the man will be paid 500 euros for each day behind bars, totalling 199,815 euros, reports Helsingin Sanomat.

The volleyballer had served about one year of a 3.5-year sentence for aggravated rape when he was freed by an appeals court in July.

Insufficient evidence

It declared there was not enough evidence to prove that he took part in the gang rape of a local woman at a Tampere hotel the previous summer. Four of his former teammates remain in prison for the assault.

The freed athlete had sought about 381,000 euros in damages from the Finnish state, citing a playing contract lost due to his incarceration. He also missed out on playing at the Rio Olympics and claimed that he suffered mentally from being in prison in a country where he did not understand the language.

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