He was unanimously convicted yesterday by the Joint Criminal Court of Volos to eight years in prison a 51-year-old of Albanian origin, who was accused of seducing a minor high school student in the prefecture of Karditsa.

The case was closed yesterday but dates back to 2009 with a total of 38 defendants, while the first trial took place in 2012 in Larissa. The 51-year-old who was sent to prison yesterday, had absconded and was wanted, until he was arrested last summer when he returned to the country.

The outrageous and horrifying events of the case came to light after the minor made a complaint to the police in 2009, but it was revealed that they had started several years earlier, before the girl turned ten.

From the investigations of the authorities it emerged that the minor, living in an environment neglected by her family, was forced to be extradited to villages in the prefecture for a fee, while the money was mainly kept by some of the accused. In fact, in some cases, they gave her a cannabis cigarette to smoke.

The girl was forced into the acts under threats from the pimps as they blackmailed her that they will reveal the incidents to her father and expose her on the internet by posting videos and photos.

In the first hearing of the case in 2012 at the Joint Criminal Court of Larissa, which lasted three months, 23 defendants were convicted, while heavy prison sentences ranging from 38 years or more to 37 months or less. The offenses for which they had been found guilty were seduction of a child, pimping, promiscuity, human trafficking, drug use, as the case may be.

Several of those convicted were also fined, with a maximum of 60,000 euros. For three of them, the appeal they made did not have a suspensive effect and they were sent to prison, while for others the court decided that the appeal had suspensive force on the condition that they pay cash bail and for some even without conditions.

The case was reopened in 2019 at the Larissa Mixed Jury Court of Appeal, with 13 defendants found guilty of the main offense of seducing a minor girl, while 6 others were acquitted.

In yesterday’s trial at the Mixed Criminal Court of Volos, the fugitive and wanted 51-year-old denied the charge against him, but did not convince the court, which unanimously sentenced him to 8 years in prison. The now 28-year-old girl did not appear in court, while according to information, she has moved on with her life and wishes to leave all the horrible things she experienced in the past.