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National Theater: Lignadis Was Not Involved in Workshops for Refugee Minors

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Plain clothed police officers escort handcuffed well-known actor and director Dimitris Lignadis, center, as they leave a magistrate s office in Athens, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

ATHENS -- Former National Theater director and actor Dimitris Lignadis "was never involved in a teaching or organizational capacity with the theater's workshops for Greek or refugee minors", the National Theater announced on Monday.

Earlier on Monday, head of the first-instance court prosecutors Sotiria Papageorgakopoulou launched an inquiry into allegations which claim specific NGOs running shelters for unaccompanied refugee and migrant children arranged for drama lessons with Lignadis in 2017-2018.

The investigation was launched following a memo sent to the prosecution on Monday by Migration & Asylum Ministry's Special Secretary for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors Irini Agapidaki, requesting the investigation of these allegations.

Lignadis is currently being held at the General Directorate of Attica Police (GADA) on charges of serial molestation of minors, and will provide testimony before an investigating magistrate on Wednesday. He has denied all charges.