Lewis Power QC and Michael Polak take the Landmark Cyprus Rape Case to the Supreme Court of Cyprus
On Thursday 16 September 2021, the appeal hearing was held in the Supreme Court of Cyprus in Nicosia. Lewis Power QC and Michael Polak of Church Court Chambers assisted in bringing the appeal along with Cypriot lawyers Nicoletta Charalambidou and Ritsa Pekri.
During the hearing, the defence team expanded upon their detailed 154-page skeleton argument to explain to the Court why the conviction was unsafe. The main arguments involved submissions that a retractions statement taken from the teenager without a lawyer after over 6 hours in custody whilst suffering with PTSD should not have been admitted into the trial and that the trial judge incorrectly applied the burden and standard of proof and did not approach the consideration of each element of the offence of public mischief with an open mind.
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