Fidlaw, a renowned law firm specialising in international cases, has successfully represented an 18-year-old British tourist who endured a horrific ordeal in July 2022 on the Greek island of Crete.
The perpetrators, two Pakistani men, have been found guilty of gang rape and physical harm. The case concluded on 21 June 2023 at the Court House in Rethymno, Igoumenou Gavriil 111, Rethymno 741 00, Greece, with the defendants receiving the maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The judges and juries reached a unanimous decision, marking a groundbreaking conviction that brings a significant step towards justice for the survivor. It also serves as a testament to Fidlaw’s unwavering commitment to advocating for victims of heinous crimes.
Fidlaw’s dedicated legal team, comprising Solicitors Francesco Meduri and Elena Hadjikyriakou, along with Greece-based lawyers Anna Perdikaris and Emmanouil Xenikos, fought tirelessly to ensure that the voices of survivors are heard and that justice prevails.
In addition to the charges of gang rape and physical harm, the defendants faced accusations of breaking immigration laws and illegal entry into Greece. The proceedings exposed a history of previous criminal behavior by one of the perpetrators, highlighting the need for accountability and the potential for civil liability to be applied to the state.
With its expertise in international law, Fidlaw has been at the forefront of this groundbreaking case. The firm’s diligent efforts have not only resulted in a just outcome for the survivor but have also sent a powerful message that perpetrators will be held accountable, regardless of their nationality.
This conviction sets an important precedent, instilling hope in survivors and contributing to the establishment of a safer and more equitable society.