AGENT against a Briton wrongly convicted of gang rape in Ayia Napa has accused the judge of fanaticism of being “against us from the start” and of ignoring evidence of the police investigation.
Teenager – who has finally erased the lie by appeals judges today – told police she was the victim of a brutal assault but later found herself in a three-year trial of hell at the hands of the Cypriot legal system.
The 21-year-old student is said to be “emotional” but “very happy” after being exonerated at the Supreme Court in Nicosia.
She has convicted of lying of the attack in July 2019 and was given a suspended prison sentence, allowing her to leave the island after nearly six months.
But today senior judges overturned the local court’s “flawed” ruling.
The girl’s mother said she would now push for a new investigation into 12 alleged rapists, Israeli officer cadets, who were allowed to go home for a few days.
Attorney Michael Polak QC told The Sun: “The family and we are asking for another police force that is currently investigating the original rape.
“It’s the right and proper thing to do.”
I also tell Sky: “For the family, it was a big moment. They had to go through many trials to prove her innocence.”
After her conviction in January 2020, advocates said she was a victim of an amazing blunder of justice.
The State Department earlier said it was “seriously concerned” by claims that the judge had denied her a fair trial.
During last year’s appeal, attorneys criticized detectives for violating her rights when she was accused of going without a lawyer for seven hours and forced to sign a retraction in cryptic English.
Here’s a look back at how she discovered she was being treated as a criminal by police officer Ayia Napa, the trial judge and even her bragging alleged attackers.
Crime scene ‘exploded’
Lawyers told the appeal that the hotel room was unsecured and the next day TV crews were allowed in – and found evidence that police had missed.
The teenager’s mother said an officer failed to take notes the night of the attack because he was “too busy”.
The serious thing is that the police did not request an internal examination of the girl even though blood was found, it was said.
Sources previously told The Sun that no DNA swab samples were taken from the girl’s fingernails, knees or ankles, which she claims were held by the attackers.
Twelve young Israelis were arrested before being released without charge.
But the suspects were all placed in one cell together so they could “tell their stories together”, Mr Polak told the appeals court.
The boy’s friend then complained to the Cypriot police never intended to take them seriously.
“It was a stitch from the start,” she said. It felt as if they had made up their minds without even listening to us.
“We were not taken seriously and it felt as if we were kept in the dark the whole time.”
The tearful teenage girl told police that she was gang raped by 12 Israelis on July 17, 2019.
At the time, she believed she was being seen as the victim of a major crime.
The girl claims police privately warned her that she should stay in Cyprus, rather than fly home to her family, or watch the prosecution of her attackers be reduced.
Eleven days later, on July 28, police requested to interview her again as a witness.
She claims detectives then debunked her and aggressively accused her of faking her entire story.
They claimed they had video evidence of a consensus “orgy” and asked her to sign the retraction, it was said.
Speaking in December 2019, the teenager said: “One moment I am the victim, the next, I am the defendant.
“Eight hours of questioning, denied access to a lawyer – while those accused of raping me had immediate legal representation.”
She also said she was scared for her life, and was told her mother and friend would be arrested if she didn’t admit to making up the rape allegations.
Mr. Polak told the appeals panel that there was no recording from the police station.
And despite being a vulnerable teenager, he said she was denied legal representation.
Attorneys point out that her alleged retraction was in “Greek” – and was clearly not written by a well-educated teenager.
Forensic linguistics expert Dr Andrea Nini said: ‘What it appears to be is words written to her by someone else who doesn’t speak English as their native language.
Judge ‘hates women’ Ranting
The horrific case in the Famagusta County courthouse was presided over by Judge Michalis Papathanasiou.
Observers said he terrorized the proceedings with tantrums against the British teenager and her legal team.
The judge beat her as an “unreliable witness” who had “repeatedly lied”.
And he is said to have lost his temper as the girl looked out the window or simply gestured to her female lawyers.
He repeatedly shouted in Greek: “Show respect! Out front, must respect this court! ”
At one point, a female court official advised the teenager to keep an expressionless face.
She added: “I know it’s hard but he’s just looking for an excuse to get mad.”
Expert witness Dr Marios Matsakis, who examined the girl’s medical reports, said: “The judge was screaming, he was aggressive. It’s shameful. “
The Cypriot judge was also branded “hateful” by the victim’s mother, and campaigners in Greece said the judge “hated women” and should be sacked.
At the appeal, Mr. Polak said Judge Papathanasiou “was against us even before there was any proof”.
He also said the judge’s refusal to hear evidence about whether a rape took place made the trial a farce.
“This is not a rape trial,” he said.
Bruises are considered ‘jellyfish stings’
The judge charged all defense witnesses with “unreliable” and limited them to ten minutes.
They included a respected Cypriot forensic expert, who concluded the girl’s injuries were consistent with being raped.
But the judge sided with prosecutors, who oddly claimed her bruises were caused by jellyfish stings.
Despite evidence from experts, Judge Papathanasiou said: “I do not accept that the complainant was beaten.”
In contrast, Judge Papathanasiou ruled that all of the prosecution’s witnesses were “reliable”.
Blame the victim
Young people flew home to greet a hero after they were released, although anyone in the country said it was a disgusting sight.
A guy is a footballer who is said to have had a brief romantic break with an English girl – before his partner allegedly took turns raping her.
After being sentenced, Shimon Yusufov gave a gloating interview in which he said he “hopes she learns her lesson”.
His lawyer Nir Yaslovitzh told The Sun at the time: “We respect the judge’s decision and accept the verdict.
“It was important to us that the judge convicted her.
“It’s important that we hope the girl learns a lesson from all of this.”
The lawyer added: “He is of the opinion that justice has been done.
“She was found guilty by the court of lying and I hope with this verdict she has learned her lesson.”
Yusufov, striker for local football team Beit Shemesh, admitted to having consensual sex with the student but denied any involvement in the sexual assault.
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