Chile: two Cobreloa players arrested for rape :: Olé

Chile: two Cobreloa players arrested for rape :: Olé
Chile: two Cobreloa players arrested for rape :: Olé

05/02/2024 18:06hs.

Cobreloa reported that two club footballers were arrested this Thursday in full practice by the Investigative Police (PDI) in the midst of an investigation into an alleged group rape of a young woman, an episode that occurred in September 2021. Seven former youth players of the team were also arrested in the case.

The nine people involved were arrested in different cities across the country and allegedly committed the crime when they were minors and playing for the club. The arrests were two in Calama, the club’s headquarters city, three in Antofagasta, three in Santiago and one in Osorno.

Although the Justice Department did not give the names of the detainees, part of the local press gave two names, which Ole He does not publish for legal reasons, although it can be noted that both are Chilean and 21 years old.

The complaint is based on an event that occurred on September 21, 2021, when the victim, who was 18 years old at the time, attended a celebration barbecue at the club’s training center as a guest, where she was allegedly attacked by nine people.

The case had initially been closed after the complainant desisted, while Cobreloa had issued a statement last April in which it assured that “it was not possible to prove that massive abuse or rape had been committed.”

After the arrests this Thursday, the team assured in the same statement that “it was the same institution that filed a complaint and complaint against all those responsible in this case and that, at an internal level, a series of actions have been carried out to clarify everything related to this serious accusation.”

The arrest warrants were issued after investigations carried out by the Antofagasta Regional Prosecutor’s Office when the complaint was resumed due to possible defects in the investigations, since the victim herself publicly declared that the PDI had suggested that she abandon the case.

The Cobreloa statement.

“They told me many things that made me give up. They told me ‘you have to understand that it is a club, that they have good lawyers… what do you have, who is going to pay for your lawyers, you are alone and you don’t look that affected either,'” said the woman, whose identity remains confidential, in a testimony offered to Channel 13 of Santiago de Chile

According to the complainant’s story, he had gone to the bathroom with one of the players and upon entering he found two more people who held him against his will and took him to another room where there were more people.

“Once all the accused are detained, tomorrow (Friday) they must go to the respective detention control hearing to later be formalized for violation and to request the respective precautionary measures,” Juan Carlos Bekios, regional prosecutor, declared to the media this Thursday. from Antofagasta.

Strong reaction from a deputy

Andrés Celis, national deputy and member of the Chamber’s Sports Commission, had a strong reaction against Cobreloa. “This was a truly brutal violation. I had to read the investigative files. It was carried out between 8 to 10 players and former cadet players, many of them today playing in professional soccer.”

“She was tried to be hidden by people who are currently leaders of Cobreloa. The ANFP turned a deaf ear to the protocols that are currently in force today. The government, through the Ministry of Women, did not even provide legal advice, but it did, against sexual harassment by a mayor, to an official, which seems fine to me, but it gave her zero help,” he stated. .

“The rape was something absolutely stark, animal, that upon reading it, not even in the worst of movies, could one be convinced that a person could act in this way.” Celis closed.

No Argentines charged

In Cobreloa there are five Argentine soccer players. None of them were on campus when the crime was committed. They are Nicolás Avellaneda, Marco Campagnaro, Agustín Mulet, Marco Borgnino and Cristian Insaurralde. On the last date, the team had lost 6 to 0 against Ñublense.

Cobreloa players at the end of a match.

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