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Trial for alleged Ayia Napa tourist rape postponed to October 16

Defense lawyers request more time for evidence submission

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The trial for the alleged rape of a tourist that occurred on September 3 in Ayia Napa and was originally scheduled to begin today, has been postponed and rescheduled for October 16 before the Permanent Criminal Court of Famagusta.

Information from the Cyprus News Agency states that five foreigners, aged 20 and 19, appeared before the Criminal Court to be charged and to respond to the accusations.

However, the proceedings came to a halt when the defense lawyers for the suspects requested additional time to provide various pieces of evidence, including DNA results, fingerprints, and photographic material.

As a result, the Criminal Court has set a new date for the trial on October 16. On that day, the Prosecuting Authority is expected to bring charges against the five suspects, including allegations of rape, sexual abuse by penetration, forcible intercourse, coercion to commit intercourse or other acts of a sexual nature, indecent assault against a woman, sexual harassment, and kidnapping.

To recap the incident, a 20-year-old tourist reported to the police that she had been a victim of rape by multiple individuals in a hotel in Ayia Napa. Following her statement to the police, the authorities arrested the five individuals in connection with the case.

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