Former Greek National Theater Director Remanded over Child Rape Allegation

Prominent Greek actor and director Dimitris Lignadis was ordered to remain in jail after hearing his plea over child rape allegations before a public prosecutor.

Lignadis resigned from his post this month and surrendered last Saturday when the arrest warrant for him was issued.

The warrant was made after lawsuits were filed against Lignadis by two men who say he raped them when they were children.

Lignadis’ defense lawyer Alexis Kougias said his client denied all allegations but the prosecutors ordered putting him in preventive detention.

“I am sure that in the end this person will be freed,” said Kouglas. 

Lignadis has also filed for his arrest warrant to be revoked but was rejected. 

The case was filed after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced stricter laws to combat sexual abuse and protect children.

Because the response to the allegations against Lignadis was allegedly too slow, Greece’s left-wing opposition called on culture minister Lina Mendoni to resign and accused her of protecting him.

Mitsotakis defended Mendoni and accused the media and the opposition of playing dirty. 

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