A British girl, who was convicted of mendacity about being gang-raped in Cyprus, is “pleased” after lodging an attraction within the Cypriot Supreme Court docket.
The then 19-year-old, from Derby, was given a suspended four-month jail term in 2020 after a decide found her guilty of public mischief following a trial.
The girl, who can’t be named for authorized causes, advised police she was attacked by up to 12 Israeli tourists in a hotel room, throughout a celebration in Ayia Napa on 17 July 2019, however was charged after signing a retraction assertion 10 days later.
The now 21-year-old college scholar has maintained she was pressured by officers to withdraw the allegation and has vowed to clear her identify having flown again to the UK after being sentenced.
They argued the conviction is unsafe and are looking for to set it apart.
The girl is just not attending the listening to, which is in entrance of a three-panel decide, together with English-born president Persefoni Panayi.
Talking after the listening to, her English barrister, Lewis Energy QC, mentioned: “I feel it was a really fruitful listening to the place the court docket requested very poignant questions, thought-about the authorized arguments and recognized the factors which is able to finally determine this attraction.
“We can not pre-empt the choice of the court docket, however we had been glad to see the court docket had given a lot thought and appreciable consideration to a really, very tough case.”
One other member of the authorized crew, Michael Polak, added: “With out eager to pre-judge the choice of the Supreme Court docket, we really feel we had been pleased with the best way proceedings went in the present day and the best way the judges engaged with our arguments.”
The Supreme Court docket judges reserved judgment on the attraction.
The girl’s legal professionals submitted a written doc of round 150 pages, which they’ll increase on in oral arguments based mostly on transcripts from the trial.
Her authorized crew argued the retraction, which shaped the idea of the prosecution case, ought to by no means have been admitted into proof as a result of it was made by a weak teenager who spent nearly seven hours in a police station with out authorized illustration.
The choice may take between three to 6 months, though the legal professionals hope it may come sooner.
Earlier than the listening to began, Mr Energy mentioned: “The younger girl’s story has reverberated around the globe because it hit the headlines in 2019.
“It has been each stunning and distressing and has for her been deeply harrowing, humiliating and personally intrusive.
“Immediately although, we hope, the Supreme Court docket of Cyprus (will guarantee) this woman can free herself from the shackles of an unjust conviction, which has tarnished her younger life.”
If the attraction is unsuccessful, the lady’s authorized crew plan to take the case to the European Court docket of Human rights, which they are saying discovered in opposition to Cyprus after a teen was introduced right into a police station in Limassol and separated from his father earlier than confessing to homicide and not using a lawyer.
The 12 males accused of rape in 2019 had been aged between 18 and 20 on the time and had been arrested.
They denied any wrongdoing and had been freed, earlier than returning house.