A travel blogger was arrested for “breaching sexual decency” while visiting a tourist hotspot in Greece, but she claims the “false accusation” was made due to her race.
English blogger Adebola Sowemimo was visiting an ancient tourist attraction in Athens, Greece, when she arrested on Thursday for ‘sexual indecency’ after a guard claimed she was flashing other tourists.
“I’ve just been arrested by Greek Police based on a false accusation,” Adebola wrote on Twitter, adding that Greek police were keeping her in custody.
“I went to the acropolis in Athens today and I was pushed out of the museum because I was apparently wearing inappropriate clothing.”
She included a shot of her outfit, a thin white dress similar to the style of ancient Greek togas, which appeared slightly sheer in the photo she posted.
According to Adebola, she was minding her own business when suddenly a guard approached her and began “screaming” at her in Greek.
“Police were called and a false testament was made against me that I was lifting my skirt and flashing my body to the public. This is a LIE,” she tweeted.
“The guard lied and said they had video evidence that I was showing my genitals. This is a lie. I would never do such a thing.
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“Hence why I said it was racism. There were other women dressed similar if not less than me.”
This is what I was accused for. The guard lied and said they had video evidence that I was showing my geneitals. This is a lie. I would never do such a thing. Hence why I said it was racism. There was other women dressed similar if not less than me.
Adebola claims that she was then arrested on charges of ‘breaching sexual decency’ with no translator, and was only able to understand what was happening because her boyfriend, who speaks the language, was with her.
She was then kept in custody, her boyfriend staying with her at a local police station where Adebola says the “conditions are disgusting.”
“I asked to go toilet where there was no light or tissue paper,” she tweeted.
Adebola faced a Greek court on Friday for her hearing for the crime she insists she did not commit, maintaining she was “falsely accused” and “provoked” by Greek police.
Fortunately she was acquitted and allowed to go free without any fine, Adebola adding that even judges at the court couldn’t understand why she had been arrested.
“Even when I was at court and the judges was reading the false accusation they clearly could see it didn’t make sense,” she wrote.
Adebola has since spoken out against racism and false accusations across her social media platforms despite “trolling” from people who claim she was arrested for her choice of dress.
“Please understand that this had nothing to do with what I was wearing,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I was arrested because I was falsely accused of something I didn’t do.”