British teenager swears to erase her name after being convicted of inventing rape claims
A British teenager has vowed to clear her name after being convicted by a Cypriot court of making a rape claim when she threw the “vengeful” judge.
The 19 year old The sun she had vowed to clear her name and added, “I am committed to seeking true justice.”
Her mother added: “This has been a nightmare. It’s so vengeful of the judge. We have been here since July and we are still waiting. He could have condemned her today and it would be over.
The mother (pictured with her daughter and the teenager’s father outside the court) marked the judge “revengefully” after the case
“We are very disappointed with the verdict, but we are not surprised by the fact that the particular judge has gone. He only tries to show who is the boss. ”
It came when the British government threatened to intervene about “serious concerns” about the treatment of the 19-year-old woman during a five-month lawsuit.
Officials said they would discuss the matter with their Cypriot counterparts, with a Foreign Ministry spokesperson adding, “The UK is deeply concerned about the guarantees of a fair trial in this very distressing case.”
A British teenager is in the middle of a diplomatic row after being convicted of inventing a gang rape attack in a party resort in Cyprus
The desperate mother of the teenager said last night that her daughter was living a “nightmare,” but had vowed to fight yesterday’s ruling at the European Court of Human Rights to clear her name.
During a summer vacation before going to college, the then 18-year-old student told the Cypriot police in July that she was raped by up to 12 Israeli youths in the island’s party town, Ayia Napa, who was being held by others as she had permission given sex with one.
But she later withdrew her statement and said she did so under pressure from investigators after ten hours of interrogation that was not recorded or executed for a lawyer.
Instead of being admitted home, the woman – who cannot be called for legal reasons – was in police custody and stranded on the Mediterranean island for five months, accused of “public calamity.”
Her lawyers say yesterday’s guilty verdict was “before the trial” and claimed there were “many violations” of her right to a fair trial.
The judge heard nothing from one of the alleged women attackers and was adamant that he would not decide whether she was raped or not, despite three men admitting they had sex with her.
When the verdict was given, women’s rights campaigners protested outside the court of Famagusta in Paralimni
Judge Michalis Papathanasiou, who often brought the woman to tears, rejected evidence submitted by British experts and supported her claim that she was being attacked and ruled that she “did not make a good impression, did not tell the truth, and tried to mislead the court” .
The teen’s mother said she was “very disappointed” by the “absolutely amazing verdict” and said the “nightmare” her daughter suffered from a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), scared when she hears loud, male, strange voices, and who suffer from insomnia and even hallucinations.
She added: “Really sad, I expected for an EU country that they would have some kind of legal process that would closely follow what we would see in the UK, but that is really not what I have seen here. Not at all.’
The mother said her daughter was “determined to see justice” for the “violation” of her human rights. The teenager will be sentenced next Tuesday and will be sentenced to one year in jail and a fine of £ 1500.
“It would be an absolute injustice if they decide to detain her for longer than the four and a half weeks she has already spent in prison [on remand]said her mother.
The teenager said in court that she was “forced” by the police to change her story and the judge said she was “afraid of my life.” She added, “I didn’t think I’d leave that police station without signing that statement.”
But Judge Papathanasiou ruled that the teenager lied as revenge, which she denies, because she was filmed while having sex without her knowledge and subsequent shame.
Protesters said the young British woman was “raped again by the justice system”
The judge said to the court: “The suspect has given the police a false rape claim, knowing fully that this was a lie.
“The accused’s guilt is proven. She confessed her fault. “
When the verdict was pronounced, campaigners for women’s rights protested outside the court of the Famagusta district in Paralimni.
They said the young girl was “raped again by the justice system.” The Cypriot police and judiciary’s handling of the case has led to widespread calls for an independent investigation amid fears that the Midlands teenager is the victim of a serious judicial error.
Lawyer Mike Polak, of Justice Abroad, a campaign group assisting the young woman, said it felt like the verdict was “before the trial began,” and added, “We’re appealing the decision to the Cypriot Supreme Court and to the European Court of Human Rights if we cannot get justice in Cyprus.
“I don’t think anyone present would say that this was a fair trial.”
Lawyer Nicoletta Charambidou said she thought there was sufficient evidence to prove that the woman had been raped and added: “We believe that there have been many violations of our client’s litigation and fair trial rights.”
When she left the court yesterday, the devastated student gave supporters a thumbs up, while she and her mother wore gags over their mouths, lips sewn together.
The masks were given to them by the demonstrators who sang: “We are with you. We know you. We believe you. “
Polak added: “Although the defense team is very disappointed, we are not surprised by the result, given the frequent refusal during the trial of the judge to consider evidence supporting the fact that the teenager had been raped.
“When closing questions from our Cypriot lawyers and producing evidence in the trial on a handful of occasions, the judge strictly stated” this is not a rape case – I will not consider whether it has been raped or not “.
“We have found it incredibly difficult to follow this logic, since an essential element of the crime is that there is a false statement about an imaginary crime, and therefore, if she was raped, the teenager clearly cannot be guilty.”
Zelia Gregoriou, an activist who was out of court yesterday, said: “This victim was never protected, initially. Initially, she was raped time and time again by the press, society and the justice system. “