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Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar faces trial for fraud and corruption

Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar faces trial for fraud and corruption

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The curtain has come down on Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar’s legal battle after Spanish prosecutors dropped fraud charges against him. Prosecutors had demanded a two-year prison sentence for Neymar and a fine of 10 million euros in the case brought by the Brazilian investment company DAS, which alleged it was defrauded in the player’s transfer deal that took place between Santos and Barcelona in 2013.

The trial of the Brazilian star has arrived Neymar To its end, Monday, a few days after the major transformation that took place in the case of the transfer of the current Paris Saint-Germain player from Santos to Barcelona in 2013, as a result of the Public Prosecution’s decision on Friday to drop the fraud charges against him.

The case is still open before a court in Barcelona, ​​where the Brazilian sports investment company DIS continued its case, although the prosecution dropped the charges.

The trial is the culmination of a legal saga that lasted for years, and Neymar was one of nine defendants in the fraud case, including his parents and their company “N&N” that manages the Brazilian player’s affairs.

Investigators began investigating the transfer deal after a complaint lodged in 2015 by DAS, which owned 40% of the sporting rights to the player’s contract when he was at Santos.

The company alleges that there was collusion between Neymar, Barcelona and the Brazilian club to conceal the true cost of his transfer deal to the club, and thus was subjected to financial fraud.

The Spanish public prosecutor was demanding a two-year prison sentence for Neymar and a fine of the 30-year-old player 10 million euros, but in a dramatic turn of events Friday, the public prosecutor said it had dropped all criminal charges against the defendants on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to prove the commission of a crime.

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The Public Prosecution moved forward withthe case After agreeing to DIS’ allegations that it had been defrauded during this transaction, but then saw that the allegations were not based on evidence but on “assumptions”, he concluded that the case was a civil case, not a criminal case.

Although the trial phase came to an end on Monday, the final ruling could take several weeks.

France 24/AFP