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Trial begins for alleged gang rape of British tourist by Israelis in Ayia Napa

The high-profile case is being closely monitored by British Foreign Ministry as five Israelis face charges in Cyprus court


The trial for the case of the gang rape of a 20-year-old British woman by five Israelis in a hotel in Ayia Napa began on Monday (18/12). The issue is being closely monitored by the British Foreign Ministry. According to a Mirror report, citing Michael Pollak, the lawyer of the 20-year-old and the head of the British legal aid organization Justice Abroad, the woman is determined to see justice served, even if it means testifying in court.

According to the report, the five Israelis, originating from the city of Acre in northwest Israel, appeared cheerful in court, winking and smiling at their relatives present at the Famagusta District Court. A police officer from the Nicosia department reportedly stated, "The trial has started and will continue until it concludes. We take these matters very seriously."

The five accused, aged 19 to 20, are in custody. During the previous hearing, they denied all charges. The defense lawyer for two of the accused argued that the results of the DNA examination and chemical analyses revealed that the girl tested positive for drugs and alcohol, which, according to him, do not justify the further detention of the two defendants.

Recalling that the 20-year-old tourist accused the individuals of rape in a hotel in Ayia Napa, testimony was secured against the five individuals, two aged 20 and three aged 19, who were subsequently arrested.

Source: 24News

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