Alleged Rape of British Tourist: Police Arraigns Five Israeli Men

Five Israeli men charged with the gang rape of a 20-year-old British woman last month have been arraigned in Cyprus court.

The alleged attack is said to have taken place at a hotel in Ayia Napa, a popular tourist resort.

A packed courtroom in Famagusta, just north of Ayia Napa, was filled with relatives of the defendants who turned up in a show of support.

The defendants are all aged 19 or 20 and come from the Israeli Arab town of Majd al-Krum.

They denied the charges when it was read to them.

At the hearing, their lawyers complained that they had not yet seen key evidence, including the DNA report.

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One claimed the report could show his two clients were not in the room at the time of the alleged attack on 3 September.

The state prosecutor said the DNA report would be ready by the end of the day.

After the hearing was adjourned, the defendants’ families rushed to embrace them, with one of the men visibly crying as he hugged his mother.

A former Cypriot MP, Skevi Koukouma, also attended the hearing with members of a leading women’s movement, Pogo.

Ms. Koukouma said they were there to send a message that “victims should feel they can speak out and can be believed”. “They are not alone,” she added.

The trial will resume on 16 October.

Israel’s foreign ministry initially said six citizens had been arrested over the alleged attack.

Source: BBC

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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