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Ark of the World: Four people under the microscope as testimonies begin today

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The testimonies of witnesses to the Athens Prosecutor's Office for the allegations of beatings and sexual abuse in the "Ark of the World" begin, today, November 22, in a case where allegations have now taken the form of an avalanche. Under the "microscope" four people - three employees and Father Anthonios.

Yesterday, the Greek government decided to replace the administration of the NPO, so that the facilities will not close with dozens of children found on the street.

As Labor Minister Kostis Hatzidakis stated in the Parliament, the people who will take over the leadership of the NPO will be of high profile, distinguished for their social contribution.

The Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Domna Michailidou, stated that the announcements for the new Board of Directors of the "Ark of the World", will take place today.

From two statements to the Sub-Directorate for the Protection of Minors on the case, it appears that the founder of the "Ark" Father Antonios was involved.

A 19-year-old man who was hosted at the facility has accused the founder of the "Ark" and three other employees.

The second person who testified at the Juvenile Protection has reportedly confirmed the 19-year-old's words.

At the same time, a 17-year-old who was allegedly an eyewitness to what the 19-year-old was reporting told OPEN TV that  Father Anthonios tried to bribe him in order not to reveal what has happened.

The three people in the "frame" of the investigations come from the close environment of the founder of the "Ark", Father Anthonios, and, according to the same information, are being investigated for abusive behavior against children.

The alleged abusive behavior of Father Antonios, allegedly was in the knowledge of his wife and former president of the "Ark of the World", Stamatia Georganti

In the meantime, new allegations come to light with detailed descriptions of the living conditions in the NPO's structures, with former residents speaking - in anonymity - of beatings, child labour and forced abstinence from school.

According to the accusations, there was no age limit for the forced child labour and students had to interrupt their education.

A mother of a 15-year-old guest at the "Ark of the World" told Mega TV that her son was absent and dropped out of school because he was forced to work in a car repair shop.

Another woman reported to ANT1 TV that members of the "Ark" threatened to give her child for adoption. The mother claims they beat and locked the children without giving them food and water all day, and makes allegations for illegal adoptions.