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A member of the racist party Golden Dawn, which enters the new parliament with 18 deputies, is accused of raping a girl of Albanian origin aged 15. The crime came to light after the victim's family had filed a complaint at the police station in north-eastern Attica last week. According to police information, the perpetrator is a municipal employee, aged 45, who is married and is the father of three children. He stated he is a member of Golden Dawn and firmly denied the allegations of rape. According to his testimony, he had a relationship with the child aged 15 and their relations were based on mutual consent.
The accused met the victim for the first time in February, when local municipal officers were sent to the district school to carry out planned repairs. The man aged 45 came into contact with the victim near the school for the first time and offered her a part time job at a local office of a small company for repair services. The young girl accepted the opportunity with the consent of her parents. According to the indictment brought by the family, on 15 February this year she went to get acquainted with the working environment. The man took her to a deserted place, where he raped her. After the violent act, he made her take 100 euro and threatened her that if she did not meet him again there would be bad consequences for her and her family.
The man does not deny having had contact with the girl. Despite his apparent hostility towards the immigrants in his country, he is adamant that the case is not about a rape. The victim's family in turn said that after complaining to the police, they have been threatened by both the abuser and other people unfamiliar to them. They insisted that the Albanian family should withdraw the charges. They also stated that if the Albanians did not conceal the case, they would have to "face" the anger of Golden Dawn. The family of the girl settled in Greece 20 years ago.
The parents found out about the incident after the schoolgirl aged 15 was found to be pregnant and had to have an abortion in the district clinic three weeks ago. Once the parents gathered information about the case, they filed a complaint at the police station and the man aged 45 was arrested. 24 hours later, he was released on bail for thirty thousand euro. To Vima newspaper contacted the family of the raped girl, who confirmed the threats by Golden Dawn members. The family explained that during his first appearance in court, the accused was accompanied by members of the racist party. The man insists he is innocent but senior staff in the headquarters of the Athens police have been alerted. The case continues.