News Local Rape claim trial postponed, defendant asks to be represented by British lawyer

Rape claim trial postponed, defendant asks to be represented by British lawyer

The trial of a 19 year old British woman who faces a charge of public mischief for making a false claim allegation was on Monday postponed until August 27.

The 19 year old appeared before Famagusta district court represented by lawyer Nicoletta Charlambidou who told the court that her client wanted to be represented by a British lawyer during the proceedings.

She said a letter has been set to the attorney general to this effect and a reply was pending.

Judge  Tonia Nicolaou adjourned the hearing until 9 am on August 27. The woman remains in police custody until then.

The teen’s first lawyer withdrew from the case earlier this month citing a serious disagreement with her family and his client.

The woman — who is accused of falsely claiming she had been raped by 12 Israelis in a hotel room in Ayia Napa — has not yet entered a plea.

The 12 Israelis have all been released and have returned to Israel.

Her family and Justice Abroad argue that she was coerced by police into retracting her initial statement that she had been raped and have  launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover her legal fees.

As of Monday morning, the campaign had raised £22,500 from 510 donors, a number of them from Israel.

Launched on August 8, the campaign — ‘Help teen victim get justice in Cyprus’  has a £50,000 target. The target was  initially £15,000.

The go fund me page says: In the early hours of Sunday the 28th of July 2019, following a week of traumatic events, our daughter was arrested for allegedly making a false allegation of rape in Cyprus and is currently being detained in prison awaiting trial.

‘We maintain that the statement was given under duress and in breach of her rights, resulting in the collapse of the initial investigation and charges of public mischief being made against her.

‘She is alone in a prison abroad after an awful series of events, we just want to bring her home. ‘We are seeking funds to pay for the required legal representation in Cyprus.

‘The organisation Justice Abroad has already been providing assistance within the UK. They are bringing together an expert legal team, from both the UK and Cyprus, to challenge the many breaches of her rights and require funds to do so.’

Read more

https://in-cyprus.com/family-of-british-teen-facing-public-mischief-charge-thanks-donors-desire-for-fairness-and-justice/

 

Top Stories

Fifteen centuries, two faiths and a contested fate for Hagia Sophia

A Turkish court on Friday annulled a 1934 government decree that had turned Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum, opening the way for the sixth-century building to...

Yellow alert for extreme high temperatures

The Department of Meteorology issued on Friday a yellow alert for extremely high temperatures on Saturday. The alert is in force from 11 am until...

Three new Covid-19 cases, one a football player who arrived from Serbia

Three more people have tested positive for coronavirus after 1247 tests, bringing the total to 1013, the Health Ministry said on Friday. The two positive...

New Energy Minister Natasa Pilides sworn in

New Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry of Cyprus Natasa Pilides assumed duties on Friday, with the promise to work hard to continue the...

Turkish court paves way to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque

A Turkish court annulled on Friday a 1934 government decree turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for the building's conversion back into mosque...

Taste

Moungra

Moungra is a traditional Cypriot mezze which consists in cauliflower pickled in fermented bread dough and typically served as an appetizer or meze. It...

Cheesy Eggplant Rolls

Ingredients 4 Eggplants 2 tbsp olive oil 1 chopped onion, 2 grated carrots 1 garlic clove (sliced) ¾ of the cup finely chopped canned tomato, ½ ts sugar 1 ts oregano 2 tbsp...

Black eyed peas with chard (Louvia me laxana)

Ingredients: 2 cups black eyed peas small lemon (juice) + 1 tsp lemon zest 1 bunch Cypriot chards olive oil & lemon for serving salt & pepper Method: Step 1 Put the...

How to make triandafillo ice cream, by UK Cypriot chef Loulla Astin

  Just in time for the scorching heat, UK Cypriot chef Loulla Astin has shared her recipe for refreshing triantafillo ice cream -- or as...