Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Rape, abuse and harassment: They complain from coaches to … metropolitan!


After Bekatorou complaint, who opened the bag of Aeolus, the Greek movement “Me too»Was extended to Cyprus. Already, the first case, by decision of the Attorney General, is being taken to court, with a track and field coach accused.

Four female athletes, some of them minors, filed complaints against him, alleging that they were victims of continued harassment. Police investigations led to testimonies that substantiated the case and the Attorney General decided to prosecute.

And a metropolitan

In the coming days, a metropolitan is also expected to be summoned for questioning, who has been charged with attempted rape in at least two cases, while other allegations against him are expected. The case of the metropolitan was known to the leadership of the Church of Cyprus, but was silenced, so as not to create a scandal.

One of the cases concerns a woman, who complained that the metropolitan had invited her to his office, offered her whiskey and she lost consciousness. When she regained consciousness, she saw the priest with the races raised trying to seduce her. rape and ask her if she likes it. The woman pushed him and managed to leave. A similar incident was reported by another woman when she was 16 years old.

Politician

A complaint investigated by the Cypriot police concerns a former member of parliament and an MEP, who allegedly harassed her in his office. The young woman had visited the politician to help her in her quest to find a job. As she complained, he attacked her, trying to kiss her and not only… This case dates back to 2014.

The party to which the politician belongs was informed then, but after a meeting of the collective bodies the case was silenced for the good of the party. The former MP and MEP is expected to be questioned by her in the next 24 hours police.

Member of the Olympic Committee

In the last stages of the research is the complaint of the athlete Andris Eleftheriou, who is a shooting champion and Olympian. The athlete reported a member of the Cyprus Olympic Committee for sexual abuse during competitions abroad. Police sources say that the case has been substantiated and the file may be sent to the Attorney General within the day for criminal prosecution.

Actor-director

A complaint has also been made by a young actor against a director and an actor, who allegedly harassed him and others. This case is in the early stages of the investigation as other actors have expressed their intention to testify against the same director.

Police sources report that every day the Crime Investigation Department of the Cyprus Police Headquarters calls women asking for information on how they could make complaints about sexual harassment by people who belong to the artistic and sports field mainly. Some of them do not want to make official complaints for fear of being stigmatized.

Basketball coach

Police also reopened a case that had been filed since 2015. It concerns a complaint by a young basketball player who had complained to a coach at Nicosia. The case was investigated without resulting in a criminal prosecution. In recent days, the girl’s father returned with statements to the media and a new complaint to the police, claiming that the case had not been properly investigated.

Promotion ambassador

A case of retrograde promotion of a diplomat since 2016 is also causing a sensation, despite the fact that he was involved in a case of sexual harassment and indecent assault against two women who worked at the Cypriot embassy in Stockholm in the period 2002-2005. The ambassador had been sentenced at first instance to seven years in prison, but was acquitted by the Court of Appeal, which ruled that there was no supporting evidence..

The ambassador had claimed that there was the consent of the women and despite the acquittal the court had noted: “In conclusion, we observe that even if the events had taken place under the circumstances claimed by the appellant (Ambassador), his entire conduct was unacceptable, morally inadmissible, often vulgar, but also humiliating, both for him and for those it affected. “His behavior in the workplace exposed him in his capacity as head of the diplomatic mission, but also the diplomatic service of the state in general, and consequently the Republic of Cyprus, which entrusted him with its representation in the foreign country.”

However, a few days ago, the ambassador was promoted retroactively.

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