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Austrian man, 80, accused of raping daughters is freed

The Austrian news agency APA and Agence France-Presse are reporting that the 80-year-old Austrian man accused of raping his two daughters for 41 years was freed Friday after the women changed their stories. (APA's report, in German, is here.)

AFP quotes prosecutors as saying the mentally handicapped women, ages 53 and 45, "denied any sexual abuse by their father" in a new round of questioning.

The name of the man, who lives in Linz, hasn't been publicly released, but the case was widely followed across Europe, dubbed by APA as "one of the greatest crimes in local criminal history."

The man denied the claims, saying his daughters were referring to another abuser. Friday, prosecutors told APA that it was "questionable" whether the two women "understood the relevant concepts in general."