British teenager found guilty of lying about ‘gang rape’

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A Cyprus court has found a British teenager guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Israeli youths six months ago.

The 19-year-old was convicted of a single count of public mischief at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni on Monday.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed she was attacked by up to 12 Israeli tourists in an Ayia Napa hotel on July 17 before withdrawing her statement 10 days later.

The woman insisted in court that she was raped but had been pressured into changing her account by Cypriot police during persistent questioning without a lawyer present.

“My conclusion is that the guilt of the accused has been proven beyond reasonable doubt,” the presiding judge said in his verdict, describing her claims as inconsistent and adding that she had attempted to mislead the court.

All 12 Israelis arrested over the alleged attack returned home after they were released.

The woman spent more than a month in prison before she was granted bail at the end of August and has not been allowed to leave the island.

She is still on bail and could face up to a year in jail and a 1,700 euro (£1,500) fine when she is sentenced.

Her lawyers said she would appeal. Nonetheless, they urged the court to exercise leniency in sentencing, including the possibility of suspending any jail term.

 




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