Ayia Napa Briton found guilty on false rape claim

A girl was found guilty of lying about being gang-raped by youths at Ayia Napa.

After withdrawing an allegation that she had been assaulted by 12 Israelis at a resort in July, she was detained.

The girl had stated Cypriot authorities made her confess to lying about the episode – but that was denied by the authorities.

She had been found guilty on a charge of inducing mischief that was public.

Sentencing was adjourned by the judge in the Famagusta District Court until 7. She could face up to a year in prison and a # 1,500 good, but her attorneys have asked for a sentence that is suspended.

He explained those reasons contained that the court relying on was a violation of human rights legislation.

He also criticized the handling of this situation by Judge Michalis Papathanasiou, who refused to listen to any evidence.

Prosecutors said the girl signed and wrote a statement retracting her asserts 10 days after making the allegations.

The girl told this occurred under duress and that she was denied access.

The trial started together with the verdict – at the beginning of October.

The judge said the truth was not told by the adolescent and had attempted to fool the court.

He explained why she originally gave a false announcement was since she felt”ashamed” after finding out a number of the band had filmed her with sex on their cell telephones.

Her lawyers had contended the movie found on a few of the Israelis’ phones revealed her with sex while others attempted to enter the space as she advised them to depart.

Twelve men were detained in connection but were later discharged and returned home.

The Briton spent over a month before she had been granted bail at the end of August, but hadn’t been permitted to depart the island.

After the verdict, the girl was heard saying to her attorneys”I thought you had been requesting a nice”, following Ritsa Pekri requested the judge to impose a sentence that was suspended.

Nicoletta Charalambidou, another of the attorneys of the woman, told reporters they were likely to appeal to Cyprus’ Supreme Court from the decision, and when that failed they’d take the case.

BBC Europe correspondent Kevin Connolly said the household of the woman spent Christmas Mediterranean island with her.

She criticized what she viewed as a lack of assistance from the police, stating that her daughter’s human rights were “violated the entire way through” this procedure.

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