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New sexual harassment case goes to court

One more sexual harassment case has been filed in court, police said on Thursday, as the force continued its investigation into a flurry of complaints filed recently.

Police spokesperson Eleni Constantinou said the special investigating unit has so far handled 34 cases with 20 already filed in court.

Eight were still under investigation, some in the final stages.

“We continue to collect evidence and statements so that they are completed as soon as possible,” she said.

Constantinou said three other cases were being studied by the Legal Service, which has also decided not to press charges in three others.

The spokesperson assured the public that the cased were being handled with confidentiality and she urged people with information to report it to police.

The cases also involve a former MEP and former bishop of Kition Chrysostomos.

Authorities received a number of complaints earlier this year 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 effect of harassment reports in Greece and in Cyprus.

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