Home of Israeli footballer involved in sex case is covered in graffiti

Home of Israeli footballer involved in British teenager’s gang sex case in Cyprus is covered in graffiti by women’s group activists

  • Israeli footballer Shimon Yusupov has been targeted by women’s activists
  • His home in Jerusalem where he lives with his parents was sprayed with graffiti
  • Yusupov was at centre of the Cyprus sex case trial in Ayia Napa last summer 
  • The 19-year-old has never been publicly named in his home country of Israel 

The Israeli footballer at the centre of the Cyprus gang sex case has been targeted by demonstrators at his home in Jerusalem.

Women’s groups have refused to drop their protests against Shimon Yusupov following the sex ordeal suffered by a British teen.

The 19-year-old has never been publicly named in Israel, but activists who attended the trial of the young woman who made the rape claims have continued to wage a campaign against him as he kept a low profile.

Graffiti has now been sprayed on a building where Yusupov lives with his parents.

Shimon Yusupov, 19, has previously been named as the Israeli who met the British student, also 19, while on holiday in Cyprus last July

Written in Hebrew on a garage door, the graffiti says: ‘Here lives in peace with himself the Chief Rabbi from Ayia Napa Shimon Yusupov’ 

Written in Hebrew on a garage door, the graffiti says: ‘Here lives in peace with himself the Chief Rabbi from Ayia Napa Shimon Yusupov.’

Activists used the cryptic message to seek to avoid legal action while being able to name him for the first time.

Israeli media have only previously identified Yusupov as Mr S.

He was arrested on suspicion of raping the 19-year-old victim with a group of his friends at a hotel in the resort of Ayia Napa, Cyprus last summer.

After being held for a week he was released without charge, but named in court by the teen as the alleged ringleader of 12 men who had sex with her without consent.

Yusupov and his friends caused worldwide outrage when they were filmed given a hero’s welcome arriving back in Israel.

The 19-year-old has never been publicly named in Israel, but activists who attended the trial of the young woman (pictured) who made the rape claims have continued to wage a campaign against him as he kept a low profile

The victim, who has not been named and lives in Derbyshire with her mother, was arrested.

She was charged with filing a false complaint after withdrawing her gang rape allegation.

The woman insisted she was bullied into withdrawing her complaint by police who held her for more than eight hours without a lawyer.

Cyprus authorities charged her with the crime of public mischief and she spent a month in prison before being released on bail and prevented from leaving Cyprus.

The trial judge was heavily criticised for his aggressive handling of the case and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab intervened to express his concern at the victim’s ordeal.

Women’s groups have refused to drop their protests against Shimon Yusupov following the sex ordeal suffered by a British teen. Pictured, the graffiti on his garage 

The woman was convicted in December and given a suspended sentence which is now being appealed to the Cypriot Supreme Court by her legal team.

During the trial the British victim told how she had a fling with Yusupov while on a working holiday in the resort.

On his last night in Cyprus she claimed he allowed his friends to have sex with her while being filmed on mobile phones.

Yusupov was not called to give evidence and his lawyer maintained he was innocent of rape.

After the British woman’s conviction Yusupov responded by saying: ‘I hope you have learned your lesson.’

The campaign group Justice Abroad supported the victim in her trial ordeal with more than £150,000 raised through a crowd funding appeal for legal fees.

A recent documentary on ITV : ‘Believe Me: The Cyprus Rape Case’ told the story of the victim’s ordeal and presented evidence from her friends that was never used in her trial.

Israeli tourists, accused of raping a British girl in Ayia Napa, arriving at the court premises with their faces covered in the eastern Cypriot resort of Paralimni in July

The Israeli teen, who plays for Beit Shemesh FC near Jerusalem, kept a low profile throughout the trial.

Police are investigating the vandalism, but no one has been charged, according to Jerusalem based Walla News.

Yusupov’s lawyer told the news outlet he would pursue a defamation case against those responsible for the graffiti.

Nir Yaslovitzh said: ‘This is an unsubstantiated campaign of defamation with a particular group trying to discredit my client. We will not be silent.’ 

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