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Greek Cop, Father Charged for Young Girl’s Abuse, Amid Criticism of Victim’s Treatment

ATHENS — A public prosecutor on Sunday charged a police officer and the father of a 19-year-old girl with 14 serious criminal offences and misdemeanours after she came forward to accuse them of rape, holding her captive against her will and forcing her into prostitution.

The police officer, arrested on Saturday, had already been suspended from duty pending a review for possible dismissal in connection with an unrelated case. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a third person involved in the case, who the girl named as an accomplice of the police officer.

She also accused her father of repeatedly raping her in their home from the age of 11 to 17.

The charges against them include human trafficking, trafficking of a minor, serial rape, incest with a minor, domestic intimidation, domestic bodily harm, abusive lewdness, drug dealing, illegally carrying a weapon, illegal possessing weapons and illegal weapons use.

The two suspects were led before the prosecutor and denied the charges against them. The police officer caused a stir by wearing a t-shirt advertising a company that produces pornographic films.

The case has now been referred to an examining magistrate.

Criticism from opposition parties over treatment of victim

The citizen protection ministry came under fire from main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance and the MeRA25 opposition party, however, who asked for explanations regarding the detainment of the girl by the police.

"For more than 24 hours a girl of just 18 years old was being held for no reason by the Hellenic Police, without any contact with her lawyers and after she had reported that a police officer was abusing her and pimping her. It is an incident that once again highlights the state of the ELAS in the days of Mitsotakis and Chrisochoidis," said the party's spokesperson Nasos Iliopoulos, who said SYRIZA "will not permit any cover-up".

MeRA25 similarly raised questions over a delay in getting the girl to a hospital and not giving her access to a lawyer, as well as a delay in the arrest of the officer, saying her treatment did not send a message of encouragement to other victims to come forward.

Responding, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis accused the main opposition of attempting "a vulgar political exploitation of a tragic human story", noting that the two suspects were now under arrest and that the case was in the hands of justice.

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