Rejecting the appeal against the parliament, which ruled that Dimitris Lignadis could not be given a new temporary detention order for the two rape cases for which he apologized last July, is the decision of the competent judicial body.
The council ruled that the artist, who had already been remanded in custody, could not be remanded in custody for the two newer rape cases against him. This paves the way for the prosecutor's proposal to be submitted to the Council of Criminal Procedure in the immediate future, which will rule on the issue of referring the artist to trial, who is charged with four rape cases.
Dimitris Lignadis was summoned in July to apologize for two new charges of rape, which were denounced after he was sentenced to pre-trial detention for the first two charges against him. Following the apology, a dispute arose as to whether a new pre-trial detention should be imposed, as requested by the prosecutor, or whether a new warrant should not be placed in the same case as the investigator considered. The dispute was decided by the competent Judicial Council, which accepted the reasoning of the judicial officer that a new detention order should not be issued to the already temporarily detained for the same case.
An appeal was lodged against this decision by the Appellate Prosecutor's Office, which has now been rejected, on the same grounds as that of the investigator and the judicial council.
The decision on the matter was crucial for the accused, as if a new detention had been imposed on him, he would have "raised" the limit of his temporary detention from 18 to 24 months.
Now, it seems that the way is open for the artist to request the replacement of his temporary detention in the Council of Criminal Courts, something that his lawyer, Alexis Kougias, had stated that he is studying for the current month.