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British woman who claimed gang-rape taken to court, hearing postponed (Update 2)

File photo: the girl being taken to court for a previous hearing Photo: Christos Theodordes

A British woman, 19, was taken to the Famagusta district court on Monday morning where police were to seek a remand order against her but the hearing was postponed until Tuesday due to the absence abroad of her lawyer.

The woman, who alleged almost two weeks ago that she was gang-raped by 12 Israelis, is facing charges of public mischief after she reportedly confessed under questioning that her encounter with the teenagers was consensual.

She arrived at court with her head covered and listened to the proceedings with her head down, reports said.

Police on Sunday freed the last seven of the 12 who had been re-remanded on Friday for another six days.

Doubts about the woman’s story began after one of the teens she identified as taking part in the gang rape was able to prove he was in bed with his girlfriend who had taken a selfie. The results of DNA tests also cast doubts on her story.

Authorities on Thursday released five of the 12. Their ages range from 15 to 18. Three of the suspects did admit to having consensual sex with the woman.

On Tuesday, police are likely to seek a remand due to the seriousness of the case.

On Monday the court was packed with reporters from the Cypriot, UK and Israeli media.
According to information, the 19-year-old reportedly admitted that she had consensual sex with some of the Israeli teens but when she realised that others were recording on their cell phones, it angered her and she allegedly decided to get back at them by saying she was raped.


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