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Fourth Rape Claim Made Against Greece’s Ex-National Theater Chief

ATHENS – Already facing charges of raping minors as far back as 2010, another unidentified man alleged that the former director of Greece’s National Theater, Dimitris Lignadis, sexually assauled him as well when he was underage.

The man, 24, said the incident happened when he was 17 but was not named and provided no details about allegedly occurred, Kathimerini reporting he testified to a prosecutor who then began an investigation.

The case can be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has not expired. Lignadis is in pre-trial detention on two charges of rape and another allegation against him of rape said to have happened in 2018  was made.

He is being represented by Greece’s best-known criminal attorney, Alexis Kougias, who said that prosecution witnesses against his client are “professional homosexuals,” said the business newspaper Naftemporiki.

In a written statement in February, he attacked the preliminary indictment and said that he expected it would include “evidence to justify this criminal prosecution for the offense of serial rapes.

He said it should also have included an arrest warrant and “a procedural act, which is foreseen in extreme cases, when prosecutors and jurists consider two conditions: the first being when a suspect is charged with illegal behavior that is currently ongoing, and secondly, when it is widely considered that he will disappear or flee overseas.”

He also said the case is built on unreliable lies but offered no specifics to back it up other than his assertion.

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