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Cyprus police arrest British woman for ‘false rape’ claim

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By Cristina Abellan Matamoros  with Cyprus News Agency, REUTERS
Cyprus police arrest British woman for ‘false rape’ claim
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The 19-year-old British woman suspected of falsely accusing a group of Israelis of gang rape by Cypriot authorities will be held on remand until August 7. 

The woman's court hearing was postponed for 24 hours following the absence of her lawyer. 

Police arrested the woman on Sunday after she withdrew an accusation that 12 Israeli teenagers raped her in a hotel room in the southeast coastal resort town of Ayia Napa in mid-July. The Israelis had denied the claim.

The woman was summoned to the police headquarters where she changed her testimony, saying she voluntarily had sexual intercourse with the young Israelis and that she initially filed the complaint after realising that she was being recorded during the act, which made her angry, reported Cyprus news agency.

She's now being held on suspicion of public mischief.

Authorities released five of the 12 Israelis — who were originally arrested for questioning — last week and the remaining seven on Sunday.

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