The Limassol district court issued a two-day remand on Wednesday for four minors following a report by a 13-year-old girl they had sexually abused her.
The court hearing took place behind closed doors.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides confirmed the four males, reportedly aged between 14 and 17, were under investigation for offences relating to the sexual abuse of a minor. He said the 13-year-old filed a report with her parents on the basis of which police were basing their investigations.
“This is a serious case so we will not mention any details,” Angelides said. But he called parents to be proactive about reporting “any suspicions” to police.
Online news portal Sigmalive said the 13-year-old was forced to have sexual contact with the minors, after coming into sexual contact with one of the suspects who recorded the incident on his mobile phone several months ago and threatened to upload the video online.
Angelides confirmed there were “some threats” but added investigations were now in the hands of police.
According to reports, the issue came to light after the teenage girl confided to her teacher about the alleged abuse.
A fifth teenager, a 13-year-old boy, was also arrested but later released due to the fact he was below the prosecution age, which starts in Cyprus at 14.