The lawyer of a British woman, 19, who claimed she had been forced by police to withdraw a rape complaint has quit over disagreements with his client.
Andreas Pittadjis told the court on Wednesday that he was quitting due to serious disagreements with his client.
With the lawyer representing the woman at the centre of the rape case in Ayia Napa has resigned, but so far the only explanation has been that he had disagreements with his client.
The turn of events has left the woman at the mercy of public speculation, because the common consensus is that because she agreed consented to one or more who actually filmed her without permission, that she obviously did not object, but that is not necessarily the case.
We don’t know the facts, a video of the girl having sex with one or more of those boys does not make them innocent, consent can be withdrawn at any time. Therefore the video only confirms what the girl already admitted to, but what it also confirms is that those boys had zero respect for her, because they took it and shared it. As for her legal representation, we do not know the full story and basing opinion on the famous “somebody said” scenario is the worst thing to do.
We must not forget that consent may be withdrawn at ANY TIME!
One thing is for certain, there was no recording of her interview, not required by law in Cyprus, but definitely standard procedure in cases as serious as this. The girl was interviewed for hours without legal representation and signed a confession without legal representation, now this IS ILLEGAL! In Cyprus the accused must have legal representation and only if they flatly refuse and then, sign a statement declaring that they DO NOT want legal representation in front of a whiteness, can they proceed without. That did not happen in this case.
The Brit teen’s message breaks off mid-sentence minutes before her arrest!
Therefore, so far we have an illegal interview, an illegally gained confession, boys who had so little respect for the girl that they filmed her and then released the video which would be a serious offence in the UK, but at the very least, it displays what kind of people they must be.
Who were the officers who conducted this interview? Why have they not explained themselves? What will be done about their interview technique, which at best is gross negligence, but at worst, a blatant, premeditated and illegal abuse of procedure?
QUESTIONS AROUND INVESTIGATION
- Police reports of the incident seen by The Sun have also raised further questions about the conduct of the investigation
- Medical examinations of two Israelis found “suspicious scratches” and bruises on their backs and chests, as if they had been in a struggle.
- They told detectives they had been attacked at the hotel by the girl’s friends.
- The hotel’s manager insisted no such fight took place.
- An early police report noted how “suspect No1” — the teenager’s holiday fling partner — had changed his story.
- Another Israeli recalled meeting five of his friends heading towards the room 30 minutes before the alleged attack occurred.
- When suspect No1 was asked what his plans were, he allegedly said the girl was coming to the room for “an orgy.” As his four friends laughed, he is said to have added: “Everyone will have sex with her.”
- The teenager, who grew up in rural Derbyshire, is described by friends as popular and “party loving”.
- She had been in Ayia Napa on a working holiday for a fortnight before the alleged attack — staying at the two-star Pambos Napa Rocks hotel.
- The Israeli group, some having a last break before three years’ military service, were also at the hotel, which is well known for its pool parties. A source said: “They were living it up, ogling the girls round the poolside and shouting things to each other in Hebrew like ‘All English girls are hookers!’”