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In Rare Move, Greek Police Name Cop in Sex Abuse Case

July 19, 2021

ATHENS – Suspects in criminal cases are almost always not identified in the media because of privacy laws – often ignored if they are celebrities or public figures or targets of political rivalries – but Greek police have taken the step of naming a 39-year-old officer charged in a sexual abuse case.

The Hellenic Police (ELAS) headquarters him as Dimitris Bougioukos, 39, charging him in a case involving a 19-year-old woman. His photo was also released to the public after his arrest.

The move was made after a judicial order was obtained, reportedly in hope of getting potential witnesses to come forward and to protect the public, said Kathimerini. Police didn't say why that hasn't been done in other similar cases.

Curiously, the revelation of his name and showing his photo will be in force only for six months and then after that the media can't name him or show his photo although they already would have.

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