British woman, 19, accused of fake gang rape claim in Ayia Napa launches crowdfunding bid
British woman, 19, accused of fake gang rape claim in Ayia Napa launches crowdfunding bid to pay her £ 15,000 in legal fees
- The 19-year-old family has started a Go Fund Me page to pay for the legal team
- The woman is looking for a new lawyer while she is being held in pre-trial detention in Nicosia
- Her previous lawyer stopped the case earlier this week, citing & # 39; serious disagreement & # 39;
A British woman accused of a false accusation of gang rape in Cyprus is trying to raise £ 15,000 to pay her legal fees.
The 19-year-old's family started a Go Fund-me page to raise money to pay for its legal team to challenge a disaster.
The woman – who does not want to identify Mail Online – is looking for a new lawyer while she is being held in custody in a detention center in Nicosia.
Her previous lawyer dramatically stopped the case earlier this week with a & # 39; serious disagreement & # 39; with her family and his client.
The shock movement came after a British organization called Justice Abroad claimed that investigators had forced her to withdraw her rape charge.
The 19-year-old family (photo is being held by the police on Wednesday) has started a Go Fund-me page to raise money to pay for its legal team to fight an indictment
Human rights lawyer Michael Polak said she received a statement to sign at a police station after eight hours and without access to legal representation.
It led to seven Israeli men being allowed to return home without charge.
The woman had claimed that she had been raped by a maximum of 12 of Israeli vacationers in a hotel in the resort of Ayia Napa.
Five of the suspects were released after DNA tests could not link them to the alleged crime scene.
Images of cell phones of the woman who had sex were later leaked to a porn website by one of the men.
The police in Cyprus have denied that the woman has been abused and forced to withdraw her rape charge.
The accusation of public calamity carries a penalty of a maximum of one year.
The Go Fund Me page is managed by lawyer John Hobbs and has the title: & # 39; Help the teenage victim to get justice in Cyprus & # 39 ;.
Her previous lawyer Andreas Pittadjis (photo) stopped dramatically earlier this week with a & # 39; serious disagreement & # 39; with her family and his client
The Go Fund Me page says: In the early hours of Sunday, July 28, 2019, after a week of traumatic events, our daughter was arrested for alleged false accusation of rape in Cyprus and is currently being held pending her trial.
& # 39; We claim that the statement was made under coercion and in violation of its rights, which led to the collapse of the initial investigation and allegations of public calamity against it.
& # 39; After a terrible series of events, she is alone in a prison abroad, we just want to take her home. & # 39; We are looking for funds to pay the required legal representation in Cyprus.
& # 39; The Justice Abroad organization already offers help in the UK. They bring together an expert legal team, both from the UK and from Cyprus, to challenge the many violations of its rights and need funds for that. & # 39;
A Justice Abrod spokesperson said: & # 39; The family plans to appoint a legal team of experts to represent the teenager in this case and to uncover the violation of her rights she has endured. & # 39;
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