ATHENS – A Mixed Jury Court on Wednesday handed down a verdict in the case of former actor and director Dimitris Lignadis, finding him guilty of raping two minors and acquitting him of two further counts of rape, of an adult man and of a third minor.
The president of the court announced the judges’ verdict, who found the former National Theatre director guilty by majority vote for two of the four alleged acts of sexual violence attributed to him. He was acquitted due to “reasonable doubts” for the first charge of raping a minor, dating back to 2011, while he was also unanimously found not guilty for the rape in 2018 of an adult man, who did not come forward during the trial to testify.
After hearing the arguments of the defence, the court did not admit any mitigating circumstances and will soon be announcing its sentence, with the public prosecutor recommending 12 years in jail for each count of rape. The maximum sentence is 15 years and the minimum is five years.