British woman who alleged gang rape in Cyprus arrested on suspicion of making a false allegation

As the Israeli teens were released from police district headquarters jubilant relatives were there to greet them with hugs and kisses


Seven Israeli teenagers were freed from custody in Cyprus on Sunday after a 19-year-old British woman admitted her report of being raped by a dozen people was untrue, a lawyer and Cypriot officials said.

A lawyer for two of the Israelis said the woman was arrested and faces a public nuisance charge. Investigators concluded the accuser’s allegations “didn’t stand to reason,” lawyer Yiannis Habaris said.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press the woman voluntarily recanted during questioning just after midnight, saying there had been sexual contact with the suspects but she wasn’t raped.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the case.

The state-run Cyprus News Agency reported that the woman allegedly told investigators she filed a rape report because she was “angry and insulted” that a number of the Israelis allegedly recorded video of her having sex with some of them.

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