Greece accepts seizure of Venezuelan embassy assets in proceedings

Greece, Athens (AP) — The Greek Ministry of Justice has approved a court order seizing assets from the Venezuelan embassy in Athens following a proceeding related to allegations of sexual misconduct and illegal dismissal by a former female staff member.

A court order required that ministry approval be implemented. The ministry said the order should not undermine the embassy’s ability to act as a sovereign state, Greek officials said Friday.

Several Greek staff members who complained of sexual misconduct against the former ambassador were dismissed. A court in Athens in 2019 awarded a woman more than € 30,000 in damages. Pandemic restrictions have delayed proceedings in proceedings involving other plaintiffs.

Venezuelan embassy staff were not asked for comment.

In 2019, Greece’s central right government recognized Venezuela’s then opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president and abandoned President Nicolas Maduro’s support for the government.

Maduro remains in power after the elections that the European Union called undemocratic. Both the Venezuelan government and opposition-backed rival governments have diplomatic representatives in Athens.

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