Marseille - Nice defender Souleymane Diawara, held in
custody for two-and-a-half months in relation to an extortion investigation,
was released on bail on Friday by a court in Digne.
The four other people implicated in the case, including
Diawara's brother, Adama, were also freed.
Diawara was arrested on April 10 on suspicion of trying to
take the law into his own hands in March by attempting to recover 49,800 euros
($55,800) from a car dealer who had allegedly sold him a stolen Porsche.
Also read: Nice defender Diawara to remain in custody
Police sources say Diawara, a 36-year-old former French
title winner with Bordeaux and Marseille, bought the Porsche Cayenne for 49,800
euros in cash in 2013.
However, when discovering it was stolen, he and the four
others visited the seller's home in the middle of the night on March 19 to
attempt to get the money back.
The accused insist no weapons were used and nobody was hurt
in the altercation.
An appeal court in the French city of Aix-en-Provence twice
rejected a request by the defendants to be released,
Diawara's lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti, has described the
situation as "unacceptable", saying that his client has no place in
prison and is not a flight risk.For
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