Lignadis: In court on November 17- He is being tried in the second degree for the rapes

The former artistic director of the National Theater, Dimitris Lignadis, is expected to sit in court on November 17-He is being tried in the second degree for the rapes

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The former artistic director of the National Theater Dimitris Lignadis is expected to sit on the bench of the Mixed Jury Court of Appeal of Athens on November 17, in order to be tried in the second degree for the case of rape of minors and young men.

In the first instance, D. Lignadis was found, by a majority, guilty of two of the four rapes (two 17-year-old youths in 2015) for which he was tried and sentenced, by merger, to 12 years in prison. In fact, the first instance court had granted him suspension until the appeal, with the result that the director and actor was out of prison, the day after the announcement of the verdict. On the contrary, the first-instance court had found D. Lignadis unanimously not guilty of the rape of an adult in 2018, who never appeared in court, as well as by a majority not guilty of the rape of a 16-year-old in 2011.

However, a few days after the announcement of the decision of the first instance court, the Appellate Prosecutor's Office decided that the former head of the National Theater should be given a longer sentence and also that his acquittal for the third charge of rape against a minor should be reconsidered.

Now the Joint Jury Court of Appeal will decide whether the appeal brought by the Prosecutor of Appeals is valid.

Source: First Topic