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August 27, 2019 10:26 am

British Teen Denies Faking Cyprus Gang Rape Accusation Against Israelis, Trial October 2

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A British tourist covers her face as she is escorted to a police car outside the Famagusta courthouse in Paralimni, Cyprus, July 29, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Yiannis Kourtoglout.

A British teenager who accused a group of Israeli youths of gang-raping her in Cyprus pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of making up the accusation.

The 19-year-old was arrested after police said she withdrew an accusation that 12 Israeli teenagers raped her in a hotel room in the holiday resort of Ayia Napa in mid-July.

Her lawyers have told reporters she says she withdrew her accusation under duress.

A court in the town of Paralimni ordered her released on bail before the trial which is due to start on Oct. 2. She has spent a month in custody.

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The charge the teenager faces, of public mischief, carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail or a fine.

The Israelis, who were on holiday in Cyprus, were detained and later released without charge. They had denied any allegation of assault and have since returned to Israel.

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