Five Cuban volleyball players jailed for rape in Finland

Members of Cuba's national volleyball team were at a World League tournament in Tampere

BY Newstalk 09:37 Tuesday 20 September 2016, 9:37 20 Sep 2016

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Five members of the Cuban national volleyball team have been convicted of raping a Finnish woman during a World League tournament at which they were competing.

Four of the men were handed three year jail sentences while a fifth person faces a shorter term of three and a half years, according to local reports.

Pirkanmaa District Court announced the verdicts in the case on Tuesday, saying that five were guilty of aggravated rape.

The players were in Tampere for several World League matches before the Olympic Games in Rio. Finnish police originally arrested eight players, but released two of them soon afterwards. One was acquitted of the charges.

The men were detained in the southern Finnish city on July 2 after a woman said she had been raped at a hotel.

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