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Police say close to completing several sex offence investigations

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Police said Tuesday they were close to completing the investigation of several cases relating to sexual offences, which would be then forwarded to the attorney-general for instructions.

The force has investigated or is in the process of investigating about 20 complaints relating to various alleged sexual offences including sports officials and a former senior cleric.

The case against a politician is also on its way to court. Several others have already been filed while some are being studied by the Legal Service.

Spokesman Christos Andreou said they expected to forward some to the Legal Service either this or next week as soon as investigations are completed.

No new complaints have been filed, Andreou said.

“The case (of the politician) will be filed within the next few days based on the instructions of the attorney-general,” he said.

A special team of officers has been investigating the complaints, filed recently after Greek athlete Sophia Bekatorou spoke out publicly about her rape by a senior member of the Hellenic sailing federation back in 1998.

Bekatorou paved the way for people who were sexually abused to break their silence, with a domino of harassment reports in Greece and in Cyprus.

The first one who spoke out in Cyprus was shooter Andri Eleftheriou who had previously revealed on TV she was sexually abused back in 2018 and again last December but she had not named her alleged abuser.

Following the Bekatorou disclosure, Eleftheriou filed a formal complaint against a former member of the Cyprus Olympic committee.

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