A BRITISH woman is to appear in court on a public nuisance charge after alleging she was raped by a dozen men in Ayia Napa.
The 19-year-old accuser arrest came after investigators claimed her allegations against 12 Israeli were false.
The final number of the 12 men arrested over an alleged rape were released today[/caption]
They celebrated their freedom with their families and friends outside the police station[/caption]
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press the woman voluntarily recanted during questioning just after midnight yesterday, saying there had been sexual contact with the suspects but she wasn’t raped.
The state-run Cyprus News Agency reported that the woman allegedly told investigators she filed a rape report because she was “angry and insulted” that some of the Israelis allegedly recorded video of her having consensual sex with a number of them.
The seven men still held were released yesterday after five were freed on Thursday, when no DNA evidence linked them to the alleged attack.
‘ACCUSER SUDDENLY CHANGED HER STORY’
The British teen had claimed she was assaulted in a hotel room in the resort, with the 12 men denying it.
Speaking to The Sun a cop in Nicosia confirmed that the 19-year-old would remain in custody until she appeared in court in Paralimi today.
He said: “She changed her testimony on Sunday morning. We were all surprised
“At between 9 and 9.30am on Monday she will appear before the court which will rule in punishment. That may mean imprisonment, a fine or both.”
Yaniv Habari, a lawyer for some of the now-freed men, said: “The woman has changed her story. Those in custody will be released and allowed to leave.”
He added the accuser “regretted what she said and now she’s being interrogated, and most likely she will be referred to court tomorrow”.
Their lawyers had told the Jerusalem Post: “The police hit us, they broke our noses, and the girl is lying.
“Help us, get us out of here, you’ll see we’re right and that we’re innocent.”
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The woman had told cops she agreed to have sex with one of the 12 but was held down and raped, with a medical exam showing scratches and bruises.
The Times of Israel reported three of them had admitted to having sex with the girl – but they insisted they took place with “with love and consent”.
Israeli education minister Rafael Peretz, speaking to reporters outside a cabinet meeting on Sunday, said of the Cyprus case: “We need to check the details. We are certainly in favour of the children of Israel having the highest moral standard.”
The British woman who accused them of rape has now been arrested[/caption]
Lawyers for the Israeli group say by the end of today all 12 will be freed[/caption]
The woman has reportedly retracted her statement alleging gang rape[/caption]
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