Former Kiti bishop Chrysostomos’ trial for rape begins on Monday before the Assize Court in Larnaca with the 83-year-old fallen from grace clergyman categorically denying the accusations.
The case is based on a complaint filed by a woman allegedly assaulted between April 1 and 30, 2011. The reported assault had taken at his place of work at the time – that is the bishopric in Larnaca.
He is also due to appear before court for a case of indecent assault of a second woman that was allegedly committed in November 1981. At the time, the woman was only 16. The second case’s trial date is set for June 8.
The former high-ranking clergyman is not in custody but free on €50,000 bail and with his travel documents handed in.