Man alleged to have sexually abused underage girl from Belgium held in custody

A 43-year-old man facing charges of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl from Belgium will remain in custody following his testimony on Tuesday to the examining magistrate.

The suspect, a foreign national who has been living in Chania for the last 13 years, did not confess to the crime but both the prosecutor and the examining magistrate ruled that he should remain in custody pending trial.

The alleged incident occured during the summer, when the girl was on holiday in Chania, but was revealed on December 13 when her family filed a report of rape with the police.

The suspect was arrested in Chania after the issue of an international arrest warrant.