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Lawyer for Ex-National Theater Chief Held on Rape Charges Claims Injustice

ATHENS – Former National Theater Director Dimitris Lignadis, accused of raping two minors, is improperly being held in pre-trial detention and the victim of prosecutorial errors, his lawyer said.

Alexis Kougias filed a report with the Supreme Court chief prosecutor and its President alleging omissions and procedural misdoing following the arrest of his client in a celebrated case as sexual scandals grew across Greece.

He singled out prosecutors who conducted the preliminary investigation and the investigator who issued the arrest warrant, as well as the President and members of the judicial council who canceled his request to deem the pre-trial procedure invalid, reported Kathimerini.

“Sentencing someone even for a short time to stay in prison is the most serious thing there is, especially for an innocent person. How did they make so many omissions and misinterpretations of the provisions?” he asked.

He previously said both that his client didn’t commit the alleged rapes, one of a 14-year-old boy in 2010 and that the reported victims “were Egyptians,” without explaining what that meant.

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