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Six Cuban Olympic volleyball players charged with rape after exiting tournament

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Published 16/08/2016 | 12:22

GREECE - AUGUST 12: Beach Volleyball: 2004 Summer Olympics, Scenic view of miscellaneous action at Faliro, stadium, Athens, GRC 8/12/2004 (Photo by John Biever/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X71378 TK1)
GREECE - AUGUST 12: Beach Volleyball: 2004 Summer Olympics, Scenic view of miscellaneous action at Faliro, stadium, Athens, GRC 8/12/2004 (Photo by John Biever/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X71378 TK1)

Six volleyball players from the Cuban national team have been charged with aggravated rape in Finland, regional prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday.

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The suspected rape occurred in July in the city of Tampere, at the hotel where the team was staying. The Cuba team were in Finland playing in a World League tournament prior to the Rio Olympics.

Finnish police initially detained eight players, but released two of them who are no longer suspects. A court ordered six suspects to remain in custody while the investigation continued. All six men have denied the charge.

The Cuban team decided to compete in the Rio Olympics despite the detention of their players in Finland, but lost all their five games.

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