Cuba vol­ley­ball play­ers held in rape probe

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The Po­lice in Fin­land in­ves­ti­gat­ing an alleged rape are hold­ing six mem­bers of the Cuban na­tional vol­ley­ball team.

They are sus­pected of rap­ing a woman in a ho­tel in the Fin­nish city of Tam­pere on Fri­day, po­lice say.

The Cuban team is in Fin­land tak­ing part in the World League tour­na­ment.

Of­fi­cials say they com­mented on the case be­cause there had been spec­u­la­tion that the play­ers had de­fected when they were not seen in the line-up.

Po­lice ar­rested a to­tal of eight play­ers over the weekend after a com­plaint was made by a woman.

De­tails of the com­plaint have not been made pub­lic.

Two of the play­ers were re­leased yes­ter­day with po­lice of­fi­cials say­ing they were “no longer sus­pected of this crime”.

The other six re­main in cus­tody and are due to face a hear­ing to­day.

The re­main­der of the team was al­lowed to travel back to Cuba on Mon­day as ac­cord­ing to po­lice com­mis­sioner Joni Lan­sipuro “they don’t have any in­for­ma­tion about these events”.

Mr. Lan­sipuro told the AFP news agency that “they went to bed nor­mally, early like sports­men usu­ally do when they have a match the fol­low­ing day. They slept all night long and showed up at break­fast in the morn­ing.”

Cuba lost against Fin­land on Satur­day, but won against Por­tu­gal on Sun­day de­spite hav­ing only eight men in the team.

It is cur­rently ranked ninth in the tour­na­ment after six losses and three wins.

The team is due to com­pete in the Olympics which start next month in Rio de Janeiro.

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