UK lawyer to join British teen’s team in Cyprus rape case

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — Court proceedings against a 19 year-old British woman who faces a public nuisance charge for falsely accusing 12 Israelis of rape have been adjourned until Aug. 27 in order to give her new legal team time to prepare their defense.

A defense lawyer told a Paralimni court judge Monday that the defense team is waiting for a reply from Cyprus’ attorney general to a written request seeking authorization for U.K. lawyer Lewis Power Q.C. to also represent the British woman along with Cypriot lawyer Nicoletta Charalambidou.

The British woman’s former lawyer resigned because of a “serious disagreement” with his client. His resignation followed U.K. media reports that the woman claimed she was forced by Cypriot investigators to retract her original rape report. Cypriot police denied the allegation.

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