Cyprus Police Finishing Probe of Prostitution Ring Activist Alleged

NICOSIA – Police on Cyprus are wrapping up their investigation of a voluminous file sent by a Greek whistleblower who said there was a prostitution ring on the island that could be tied to an alleged gang rape in Greece’s second-largest city Thessaloniki.

“We are nearing the end” of investigations, spokesman Christos Andreou told the Cyprus News Agency, adding that the file will be forwarded to the legal service “for information and to decide what arises from the evidence, if anything.”

The information was provided by Ilias Gkionis who sent police a 47-page file by email said to include photographs various posts from social media relating to the alleged criminal activities. Only 14 pages concern Cyprus, The Cyprus Mail said.

That came out of his earlier allegations about the alleged gang rape in Thessaloniki of Georgia Bika, 24, who identified herself in an interview with a journalist as the victim.

Despite statements by the woman’s lawyer that Cypriots were present at the party, Andreou said that so far Greek police investigating the rape have not yet informed them of any Cyprus link.

Andreou said that the material was being investigated by a special team which includes members of the human trafficking squad.

Gkionis accused authorities in Greece and Cyprus of “covering up scandals” for years, adding that he will leak the information to his social media but nothing has come out of his claims yet.

He said the Cypriot man implicated in the prostitution ring comes from a well-known family that has been involved in organized crime and that it involved minors, including 14-year-old girls from Siberia.

He added he’s in contact with sexual harassment victims and is continuing his own investigations, the report said.


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