Ayia Napa 'making up gang rape' accused girl in crowdfunding bid to pay legal fees

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COURT: The 19-year-old, who has not been named, arriving at Famagusta District Court (Pic: Getty)

The woman told police she had been raped by 12 Israeli men in the party resort of Ayia Napa but later accused police of dictated her confession and ordered her to sign it when she was arrested on a “public mischief charge”.

The previous girl’s lawyer, Andreas Pittadjis, dramatically quit on Wednesday after claiming he’d had a disagreement with his client’s family.

But the page has now been set up to raise thousands in order to fight her “public mischief” charge.

The page has already raised more than £10,000.

The girl’s father wrote anonymously and asked for help, saying ‘we just want to bring her home’.

ACCUSED: She arrived in court with a black jumper over her head (Pic: Getty)

He wrote: “In the early hours of Sunday the 28th of July 2019, following a week of traumatic events, our daughter was arrested for allegedly making a false allegation of rape in Cyprus and is currently being detained in prison awaiting trial.

“We maintain that the statement was given under duress and in breach of her rights, resulting in the collapse of the initial investigation and charges of public mischief being made against her.

“She is alone in a prison abroad after an awful series of events, we just want to bring her home.

“We are seeking funds to pay for the required legal representation in Cyprus.

“They are bringing together an expert legal team, from both the UK and Cyprus, to challenge the many breaches of her rights and require funds to do so.

He also added: “The crowdfund is being carried out in this way to protect the anonymity of our daughter who we believe to be the victim in this case.

“Any assistance possible to achieve justice would be gratefully received and any excess funds will be allocated to related women’s rights and legal charities at the end of the case.”

Human Rights lawyer Michael Polak said she was given a statement to sign after eight hours in a police station and without access to legal representation.

It led to seven Israeli men being allowed to return home with no charges.

The woman had claimed she was raped by up to 12 of the Israeli holidaymakers at a hotel in the resort of Ayia Napa.

Five of the suspects were released after DNA tests failed to link them to the alleged crime scene.

‘ATTACK’: Court documents said she had “scratches on her lower limbs” (Pic: Getty)

Police in Cyprus have denied that the woman was mistreated and forced to withdraw her rape allegation.

The charge of public mischief carries a sentence of up to a year.

The Brit was seeking a new lawyer after her former lawyer claimed that he and the women’s relatives had different views on the way that the case should proceed.

The girl’s family members are also said to have been unhappy with his handling of the case and questions had been raised about his strong ties with the governing party in Cyprus.

On Wednesday he spoke to media outside of the court in Cyprus and said: “There was a disagreement with my client and her family on how we should proceed with the case.

“I cannot say anymore as it would be breaching confidentiality.

“But we have had a difference in how the case should be handled and I asked to be dismissed.”

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