Demonstrators show support for Ayia Napa Brit accused of making up sex attack as she bids to have conviction overturned


DEMONSTRATORS gathered exterior the courtroom to show their support for the British girl accused of making up a sex attack in Ayia Napa.

The 21-year-old scholar from Derby was discovered accountable of mendacity about being gang-raped in Cyprus, nonetheless she hopes to have her conviction overturned.

The youthful girl was discovered accountable of making up a sex assault in Ayia NapaCredit: The Sun
Demonstrators showed their support for the 21-year-old
Demonstrators confirmed their support for the 21-year-old

The girl was handed a suspended four-month jail time interval final yr by a choose who discovered her accountable of public mischief following a trial.

She educated a courtroom how she had been gang-raped by up to 12 males – some of whom filmed the attack – in a case that made headlines throughout the globe.

An enchantment shall be heard on the nation’s Supreme Court as we talk. 

Meanwhile, demonstrators gathered exterior the courtroom to show their support.

Holding banners they chanted “Cyprus justice shame on you” and “the English woman is one of us.”

Others held a banner that talked about “I believe her” and “End rape culture”. 

Campaigners say they hope the British-born choose Persefoni Panayi, will take “a less prejudiced” method.

“She is desperate to clear her name,” extreme human rights lawyer Nicoletta Charalambidi talked about.

As he arrived for the case her lawyer Lewis Power QC talked about: “She is upbeat and decided to get on alongside alongside together with her life and her school occupation.

“She and her mom are anxious with reference to the consequence and shall be watching from afar.

“This youthful girl’s story has reverberated throughout the globe as a consequence of it hit the headlines in 2019. 

“It has been both shocking and distressing and has for her been deeply harrowing, humiliating, and personally intrusive, yet she has risen above this with grit and determination and has courageously resolved to fight this case to the end where she believes that justice will be done. 

“We furthermore take into consideration that in the end justice shall be achieved by means of cautious scrutiny of each proof and adherence to the rule of legal guidelines. 

“Today though we hope the Supreme Court of Cyprus this girl can free herself from the shackles of an unjust conviction which has tarnished her young life.”


Barrister Michael Polak QC, of Justice Abroad, added: “We take into consideration there have been predetermined elements all through the case by the trial choose who saved shouting all by way of our submissions.

“The original court failed to take into account any of our expert evidence and the fact the girl was clearly suffering from PTSD when she was being questioned by the police.

“Our pathologist had proof to show the lady had accidents to substantiate a rape occurred nonetheless none of this proof was thought of by the distinctive courtroom.

“This is undoubtedly the biggest case in Cyprus legal history in the last ten days. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the whole world will be watching and it will be a beacon for women.”

If the enchantment fails, the attorneys plan to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

But the lawyer representing the gang she claims attacked her claims she has been “wasting the court’s time.”

Speaking completely to The Sun Tel Aviv primarily based completely lawyer Nir Yazlovitzh, talked about: “This girl is shedding the courtroom’s time and she is shedding her time.

“She is acutely aware of what occurred that evening all through the resort and the courtroom convicted her of making it up.

“She ought to atone and as a substitute apologise to the boys for accusing them of doing one issue she didn’t do. It’s absolute bullshit that she is fascinating this case.

“She has no chance at all and we strongly believe the Supreme Court will uphold the original conviction, then finally we can all get on with our lives and move on.

“The first listening to chosen the proof they heard and she had trial, they determined they did not take into consideration her and she was convicted.

“They had been convicted for many causes and to say the choose was prejudiced as I have be taught is nonsense.

“The Supreme Court will not change the ruling, the girl has no credibility.”

The boys are relaxed and are cosy, they’re getting on with their nationwide service they usually know they have achieved nothing flawed.”

The girl educated police she was attacked by up to 12 Israeli vacationers in a resort room all through the social gathering metropolis of Ayia Napa on July 17, 2020.

But she was charged after signing a retraction assertion 10 days later.

Now a 21-year-old school scholar, the lady has maintained she was pressured by officers to withdraw the rape allegation.

She has vowed to clear her title, having flown residence from the vacation island hours after being sentenced.

The 12 Israeli youthful males and boys, aged between 15 and 20 on the time, had been arrested over the incident denied any wrongdoing, had been freed, and returned residence.

It comes after The Sun revealed the lady was given the go-ahead to enchantment her conviction.

She was given a suspended four-month jail sentence regardless of giving harrowing proof of her horrific ordeal.

Around 50 demonstrators gathered outside the court in Cyprus
Around 50 demonstrators gathered exterior the courtroom in Cyprus
Some held up a banner that read "I believe her"
Some held up a banner that be taught “I believe her”

How you may get assist

Women’s Aid has this recommendation for victims and their households:

  • Always keep your telephone shut by.
  • Get concerned with charities for assist, together with the Women’s Aid dwell chat helpline and suppliers such as SupportLine.
  • If you’re in peril, establish 999.
  • Familiarise your self with the Silent Solution, the place you establish 999 and press ‘55’ once you probably can’t safely discuss.
  • Always keep some cash or a financial institution card on you, together with change in case you want a pay telephone or bus fare.
  • If you observed your accomplice is about to attack you, strive to swap inside the course of an exit in case you are inside the home and get your telephone in case you want to establish for assist.
  • Avoid the kitchen and storage, the place there are most likely to be knives or completely totally different potential weapons. Avoid rooms the place you may develop to be trapped, such as the remaining room.

Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – obtainable day-after-day from 10am-6pm or e-mail

SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s e-mail support ­service is open weekdays and weekends by the disaster –

You might establish the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.


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