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Alleged abuse family referred for trial (update 2)

File photo from Limassol court concerning the case when it first came to light

By Andria Kades

The father, mother and two sons suspected of sexually abusing extended family members and other minors between 1992 – 2002 are due to appear to criminal court on September 30.

The suspects are a 63-year-old father, his ex-wife 64 and their two sons aged 36 and 37 who were reported to police by one of the four victims and are being investigated on 47 charges including conspiracy to commit a crime, rape, attempt to rape, harassment of a female less than 13-years-old, indecent assault towards a woman and indecent assault towards a man.

A total of seven people have made complaints against them.

Last week, the hearing was postponed after the lawyer for the 64 and 37-year-old suspects resigned.

Requests for legal aid from the mother and eldest son were approved after their lawyer quit. Their new lawyer, who also represents the father, has asked for time until Tuesday to review the file. The lawyer for the 36-year-old requested that his client be released on bail until the start of the trial.

All four are due to appear in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

Monday’s hearing was held behind closed doors with strong police security at the court due to the presence of other relatives who have previously created a scene, verbally and physically attacking the suspects.

The alleged victims are the children of the 64-year-old woman’s two brothers. The two girls – now 29 and 34 – and boy – now 27 – are siblings, while the fourth victim is the daughter of the second brother.

They said they had kept their silence all these years for fear of not being believed. Prompted by her therapist, the 29-year-old woman reported the crime and the other three followed suit.

Three complaints emerged afterwards against the 63-year-old alleging that he had raped a boy, 16, and indecently assaulting two girls, nine and 13.

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