News Local Police want new venue for rape claim trial of British teen

Police want new venue for rape claim trial of British teen

Police have asked for the trial of a British teen charged with making a false rape allegation moved to a new location in order to protect her from media photographers, police spokesman Christos Andreoy told the Cyprus News Agency on Thursday.

He acknowledged that there was a problem because of where Famagusta district court is housed and said that police had asked for a change of location in August 14 and had very recently re-submitted this request.

The spokesman’s remarks followed a letter sent by 11 NGOs asking that the attorney general consider dropping charges against the 19 year old British woman and highlighting inadequate protection from media cameras.

She has pleaded not guilty to falsely claiming she was gang raped by 12 Israeli youths at a hotel in Ayia Napa in July and her defence lawyers said that the statement she had given to police had been taken under duress. She is currently free on bail.

Andreou said that police had investigated the case with “seriousness and sensibility” from the start, appointing an investigative team from CID Famagusta.

The case is currently before the court which will decide on the woman’s claims as regards the conditions under which she was questioned and gave a statement, he said.

Andreou said that police operate on the basis of a decree on the handling of violence against women.

Protection of human rights is a police priority and cooperation agreements have been signed with 15 NGOs including Accept LGBTI, the Organisation for the Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence and Exploitation (Stigma) and Association for the Prevention and Combating of Violence in the Family (Spabo), he added.

In  their letter to the attorney general and the chief of police, the NGOs had asked for the immediate intervention of the attorney general to end the woman’s continued exposure to cameras at Famagusta district court.

“We also asked that he seriously consider the possibility of suspending prosecution, dropping all the charges against her and releasing her immediately,” they said.

The also asked for the attorney general and the chief of police to proceed with the following:

  1. Investigate the conditions under which Famagusta CID took the initial statement of the 19 year old British woman so that her complaints as regards mistreatment by the authorities can be examined in depth and with corresponding seriousness
  2. In view of this case, for a review to be carried out on the implementation by police and the courts of the protocol on the handling of complaints of sexual assault and procedures to support victims. Irrespective of the outcome of the specific case, what is clear once more is the non-existent implementation of any protocol for rape complaints, they said.


Read more

Top Stories

At least 20 Paralimni Lyceum pupils to face animal cruelty charges

At least 20 students will face charges of animal cruelty and use of firecrackers at the Paralimni Lyceum to mark the start of their...

Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus

More than 31.21 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 962,705​ have died, according to a Reuters...

Turkey says EU sanctions on Turkish firm over Libya embargo show bias

Turkey said on Tuesday the European Union sanctions on a Turkish firm accused of breaking a U.N. arms embargo on Libya displayed the EU's...

Horrific Larnaca car accident victim dies of injuries

A 22-year-old man who was seriously injured in a horrific car accident in Larnaca early morning on Sunday has passed away, Philenews said on...

Nineteen fines over violation of Covid-19 preventive measures

Police booked 12 citizens and seven establishments in Cyprus over the past 24 hours for breaching measures aiming to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They...


Chicken with okra and bulgur wheat

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the okra until golden. Remove the okra, lay out in an oven tray and sprinkle with...

Swordfish with aubergines

To toast the sesame seeds: place sesame seeds in a small non-stick frying pan over low heat and stir until you begin to smell...


Just a little before serving, heat the broth and add the ravioli. (If the ravioli is frozen you don’t have to defrost). Heat them...

Seafood kebab with avocado salad

Place the mussels, shrimps and salmon in a bowl together with tarragon and lemon zest. Season and cover, keeping in the fridge for 15...