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Serena Bowes: Persecuting The Victim With The European Arrest Warrant

by | 14th, November 2014

IN “Fashion student Serena Bowes faces extradition to Italy after being accused of making up rape story”, the Telegraph reports:

Bowes, who claims she was raped during college trip to Florence, is refusing to return to Italy after being told she could face 12 years in prison for lying

Martin Evans tells the story:

A student who was allegedly raped while on a college trip to Italy, has been told she could be extradited and charged with making the story up. Serena Bowes, 21, was visiting Florence as part of her fashion degree, when she claims she was raped by a man in a nightclub bathroom. She reported the alleged attack to the Italian police and was also examined by a doctor at a hospital in Florence.

But after returning home and attempting to get on with her life, she was astonished to receive a letter from the Italian Police stating that she could be charged falsifying the rape and faces up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.

You make the claim you have to prove the claim in court? Bowes maintains she’s no liar.

Her college has been supportive:

Carole Kitching, Principal at Newcastle College, said : “21 year-old student, Serena Bowes, told us about a serious assault whilst on a undergraduate College trip to Italy earlier this year. It took place during their free time, and as soon as staff were alerted they contacted the police and accompanied Serena, with the police to the hospital.

“Serena has been offered counselling and we continue to support her through this difficult time. We have met with her family on a number of occasions and have been in contact with her local MP about her case.”

But it might not be enough to keep her out of the courts. The European Arrest Warrant works to move suspects across boarders quickly:

The EAW operates EU-wide and replaced separate extradition arrangements between the EU member states. The EAW was introduced in January 2004, and was prompted by the international anti-terror drive after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

A national judicial authority, such as a court, can issue an EAW to get a suspect extradited. For an EAW to be valid, the suspect

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