The Cuban national volleyball team sentenced to prison for rape in Finland

 
The Cuban national volleyball team sentenced to prison for rape in Finland
Five players of the Cuban national volleyball team were Tuesday sentenced to prison for rape in Finland, reports BT.

Four of the five players were sentenced to five years in prison for raping a Finnish woman.

It is stated that Rolando Cepeda Abreu (27), Alfonso Gavilan (21), Ricardo Calvo Manzano (19) and Osmany Uriarte Mestre (21) are given five years in prison, while the fifth player - Luis Sosa Sierra (21) was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

The rape occurred in July at a hotel in Tampere, where the Cuban national team participated in a tournament as a build up for the Olympics in Rio in August.

Initially, eight Cubans were arrested, but two of them were later released. One of the six Cuban defendants was acquitted. The victim was also awarded nearly $27,000 in damages.

Since, two coaches have been sacked due to the case.

The players who have been accused in the case have been jailed since the beginning of early July. Cuba still managed to put up a team for the Olympics, where Cuba lost all the country's five matches in the group stage.

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