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

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UK lawyer to join British teen's team in Cyprus rape case
Elite police unit officers escort a 19-year old British woman, centre, with head covered, to Famagusta court in Paralimni, Cyprus, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. A UK lawyer will join the new legal team representing a British teenager who faces a public nuisance charge for falsely accusing 12 Israelis of rape. A Cyprus district court judge on Monday approved request by a lawyer representing the 19 year-old British woman to adjourn proceedings until Aug. 27 in order to give the legal team time to review the case evidence and prepare their defense. (Photo/Philippos Christou)

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.