CRIME

Former National Theater director given until Thursday to present testimony

Former National Theater director given until Thursday to present testimony

The former artistic director of the National Theater, Dimitris Lignadis, was on Wednesday given until Thursday to prepare his testimony over two rape charges before the examining magistrate handling the case. 

His new lawyer, Alexis Kougias, also filed an objection to the procedure followed by the examining magistrate prior to his arrest, saying it was invalid.

He claimed Lignadis was not summoned to provide explanations in writing or in person about the allegations and also that he was not a flight risk or caught in the act, to merit an arrest warrant.

“The acts my client is accused of do not exist. What you hear about 41 witnesses is a myth,” said Kougias, adding that “both alleged victims are Egyptians.”