Israelis detained in Cyprus gang-rape case land in Israel, UK girl arrested

The release of the Israelis is probably in response to the girl changing her version of the story, which harmed her accountability.

By ALON EINHORN
July 29, 2019 11:48
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Israeli tourists, arrested over the alleged rape of a British tourist in the resort town of Ayia Nap

Israeli tourists, arrested over the alleged rape of a British tourist in the resort town of Ayia Napa, arrive to appear before a magistrate for a remand hearing in the Famagusta courthouse in Paralimni, Cyprus. (photo credit: REUTERS/YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU)

The 19-year-old British tourist who claimed that she was gang-raped by 12 Israelis in the Cypriot resort town of Ayia Napa was arrested on Sunday, while the Israelis were released after she admitted that the sexual intercourse was done with her consent, according to Israeli media.

The tourist's arrest was extended by a day on Monday, according to Ynet. The hearing on her case was postponed until Tuesday, as her lawyer has not yet arrived to the island nation.

After the woman got angry with the youths for taking videos and pictures of the act, she falsely reported rape, which led to her arrest for giving false testimony and the decision to release the suspects.

Attorney Nir Jeslovich, who represents some of the Israeli suspects, claimed that, "As I have argued throughout the process, there was no rape in Cyprus. The young men who went on a vacation that became a nightmare will go home today, and everyone will return to their homes and families. The Cyprus Police conducted a thorough, professional investigation."

Originally, 12 Israelis were arrested for the alleged rape that occurred in Ayia Napa, after she claimed that the suspects gang raped her in a hotel room. While admitting to have willingly gone there with one of them, she claimed that the other 11 showed up and raped her.

Three Israelis have admitted to have had sexual intercourse with the girl, but claimed that it done with her consent, while the other nine denied having any physical contact with her.

Last week, five of the Israelis were released and allowed to return home after the police received results of DNA tests and watched footage the Israelis took of the event.

"Go ask my girlfriend: I was with her, we have pictures together. I don't understand how they didn't check that," said one of the first five released.


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