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Cuba vows to punish volleyball players accused of rape in Finland

Cuba vows to punish volleyball players accused of rape in Finland
AFP • July 5, 2016

Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s national volleyball federation on Monday said it
will take “measures” against six Cuban volleyball players suspected of
rape in Finland, where they are currently detained.

“We will take measures that demand justice for these behaviors that go
against the ethics and principles that we hold,” the agency said in a
statement released to local media, without specifying the transgression.

The players are Osmany Santiago Uriarte Mestre, Abrahan Alfonso Gavilan,
Ricardo Norberto Calvo Manzano, Rolando Cepeda Abreu, Luis Tomas Sosa
Sierra and Dariel Albo Miranda

Finnish questioned the players over the weekend about the alleged
rape at their during a Volleyball World League event in the
southern town of Tampere.

“Preliminary information imputes they are linked to acts totally outside
the discipline, honor code and respect that govern our sport and
society, which we have defended since January 1959,” the Cuban statement

The Cuban team, which lost its match against Finland on Saturday, was
staying in Tampere at a centrally located hotel, which has a popular
nightclub in its basement.

The players would be the first Cuban athletes to stand trial off the island.

The men’s volleyball squad is the only Cuban team to qualify for the Rio
de Janeiro Olympics in August.

Source: Cuba vows to punish volleyball players accused of rape in
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