Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat MEP for South East England, has written to the Cypriot Minister of Justice and Public Order, George L. Savvides, in relation to the case of the British teenager who was recently convicted of ‘public mischief’.
The letter, which has been co-signed by a number of her colleagues in the Liberal Democrat European Parliamentary Party, points to the questions surrounding the reported conduct of the court proceedings. In the letter, Judith states that: “Her trial is reported to have included legal irregularities and the verdict is questionable. How can it be possible for the court to conclude that this young woman was lying when Judge Michalis Papathanasiou, refused even to consider whether she had been assaulted?”
Judith, who in her letter recognises the limitations of what Mr. Savvides is able to do in his role as Minister of Justice, nonetheless requests that: “…we ask that as Minister of Justice and Public Order you address any procedural issues that may have taken place during this case and ensure that her appeal is heard by the Supreme Court.
“Cyprus is one of the EU Member States which has adopted the Istanbul Convention in full. We ask that you work with us to see that justice is done in this case.”
Judith raised the issue during this week’s plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. You can watch the video here: