Greek Justice responded to the provocative publication of the British newspaper Daily Mirror, which presented the touristic region Malia as “a hellhole of rapes of British women,” based on reported incidents.
The development of criminal cases shows that in many cases, there wasn’t a rape and the indictable offenders were released with rulings of the Misdemeanors Council of Heraklion.
It is also interesting the fact that over the last three years, three cases of rapes of British women went on trial with the offenders also being British. In other cases, the Judicial Council stated that there was not enough evidence for a rape charge based on all the evidence at the disposal of the judges, and the cases were finally dropped.
The cases of four men from Heraklion, of two British men, of an Albanian and of a Tunisian man are typical. The men were arrested, detained and accused of rape against British women who were on vacation at Malia and Hersonissos. All eight men were released with a ruling, as there was no evidence to prove the rape.
Another indicative case is that of a 30-year old Tunisian, who was discharged by the Judicial Council. The man was accused by an 18-year old British woman, who was on vacation at the region Analipsi at Hersonissos with her parents and her relatives.
The young British woman claimed that she had met the man at the hotel and that the man was there to visit a friend. After a night out, the 18-year old woman returned to her room. She said that he followed her and that he persuaded her to follow him to his room, where he raped her. According to what is stated in the ruling, the coroner didn’t find any bruises or signs suggesting rape. Moreover, according to the witnesses’ statements, it seems that the woman was calm when she got out of his room, while she didn’t show any verbal or physical resistance both before and after the sexual intercourse.
Legal circles underline that in this way, Greek Justice is actually sending a message to those intending to take advantage of situations, unfairly involving people with whom they willingly had sexual intercourse.
Lawyers and police officers claim that compensations from insurance companies are a very strong incentive for these complaints. As they explain, the plaintiff can claim compensation from the insurance company with the translation of a copy of the file formed by the relevant police station.
They also commented that there are cases where young women decide to accuse someone of rape out of shame, or in order to justify what happened while they were drunk.
They also said, “There should be an overall reaction to those cases, which are rigged and glaring. Many young women from other countries come to Crete for tourism and they have turned this to a profession.” “The trick is familiar. They “plan” their rape- usually shortly before leaving for their homeland- seeking compensation from insurance companies. Many times foreign women lodge their complaint with great delay, giving vague information concerning the location of the incident or the characteristics of the perpetrators.”
“Then, invoking shock, they refuse to be examined by a coroner and very often leave for their countries before forensic procedures are completed,” the lawyers of Heraklion said.