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Another Grisly Femicide in Greece: Ex-Husband Charged in Stabbing Death 

ATHENS – Greece’s mounting toll of women killed by their husbands, partners or boyfriends added another victim when a woman was found stabbed to death in the middle of a street in the northern Athens area of Fylis, and her former husband charged.

No names were given but reports said she was stabbed more than 10 times in the neck, chest, abdomen and limbs and that she had filed three complaints of domestic violence against the suspect in the past 11 years, the last on May 7.

That led to her former husband being arrested and charged with abuse and was due to appear in court on May 17. Sources not named told Kathimerini that the woman had installed a panic button application on her cell phone but it wasn’t said if she used it.

Citizen Protection Ministry officials said that her case was mishandled by the courts which had postponed a trial despite a new penal code that allowed for speedier trial and temporary detention of domestic violence offenders.

The case so far hasn’t brought the outrage that broke out after 28-year-old Kyriaki Griva was stabbed to death April 1 outside a police station where she had gone to seek help from her ex-boyfriend who killed her within sight of where she was refused help.

Having a male friend escorting her didn’t save her as the man accused of killing her rushed up from behind, surveillance footage showed, the savagery and brazenness of the murder shocking a country inured to violence against women.

In January, the killings of two pregnant women reignited calls for femicide to be recognized as a distinct criminal offense following a previous wave of spousal and partner killings and violence against women.

A 41-year-old woman, who was three months pregnant, was reportedly murdered by her partner and his friend. They ambushed her at her partner’s apartment, gagged and handcuffed her, then took her to a bathroom where she was repeatedly stabbed.

Her body was placed in a trunk before being discarded. One of the men, who was her partner and the father of her unborn child, had previously faced accusations of raping his sister in 2022.

In the other case, a 45-year-old Roma woman was soaked with a flammable substance and set on fire, resulting in burns covering 90 percent of her body. The New Democracy government has instituted measures to try to protect women.

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