Fidlaw, a distinguished legal firm specialising in international litigation, has achieved a momentous victory in representing an 18-year-old British tourist who endured a traumatic ordeal in July 2022 on the idyllic Greek island of Crete.
The perpetrators, two individuals from Pakistan, have been found culpable of engaging in gang rape and inflicting physical harm. The case was brought to trial at the esteemed Court House in Rethymno, Igoumenou Gavriil 111, Rethymno 741 00, Greece, and on 21 June 2023, the defendants were handed the harshest possible punishment of life imprisonment, a unanimous decision reached by the judges and jury.
This groundbreaking conviction stands as a momentous stride towards justice for the survivor and serves as an unequivocal testament to Fidlaw’s unwavering dedication to advocating for victims of abhorrent crimes.
Comprising Solicitors Francesco Meduri and Elena Hadjikyriakou, alongside lawyers Anna Perdikaris and Emmanouil Xenikos based in Greece, the firm’s devoted legal team fought ardently to ensure the voices of survivors are heard and justice prevails.
Beyond the charges of gang rape and physical harm, the defendants also faced allegations of violating immigration laws and unlawfully entering Greece. The proceedings unveiled a prior history of criminal misconduct by one of the offenders, further underscoring the imperative of accountability and the potential for imposing civil liability on the state.
Fidlaw, armed with its expertise in international law, has emerged as a pioneering force in this groundbreaking case. The firm’s assiduous endeavors have not only secured a righteous outcome for the survivor but have also conveyed a resolute message that wrongdoers will face consequences, irrespective of their nationality.
This conviction sets a significant precedent, instilling hope among survivors and fostering a safer and more equitable society.