Cyprus Court Extends Remand of Seven Israeli Suspects in Rape of U.K. Tourist

One of the lawyers representing the suspects says three DNA samples, which don't match those of their clients, were found at the 19-year-old British tourist's hotel room, where the alleged rape took place

The Cyprus hotel room
Noa Shpigel

A Cypriot court extended on Friday the remand of seven out of the 12 Israeli men who were arrested on suspicion of gang raping a British tourist in the resort town of Ayia Napa.

On Thursday, five of the 12 suspects were released from detention by Cypriot police.

According the one of the lawyers representing the suspects, three DNA samples, which don't match those of their clients, were found at the 19-year-old British tourist's hotel room, where the alleged rape took place.

Another DNA sample found at the scene matches a suspect who denied he had sexual contact with the tourist, said the lawyer.

Police found used condoms in the room, and the hotel management gave the room to other guests without cleaning it.

Israeli tourists who arrived at the hotel on Wednesday reported that they found condoms under the bed, handprints on the wall and vodka bottles that still had Ben-Gurion Airport duty free tags on them. They also noted that the hotel refused to give them another room, instead directing them to the airline that flew them to Cyprus.

Of the 12 suspects, 11 arrived in three groups – one from Jerusalem, one from the Haifa region and a third form Afula. The twelfth suspect had immigrated to Cyprus. They were detained in different parts of the country, with five in the capitol of Nicosia, three in Limassol, two in Larnaca and two more in Ayia Napa. The suspects are represented by several groups of attorneys, who have been replaced a few times.

According to a report released by the Famagusta police last week, only three of the suspects denied during their interrogation that they were present at the scene during the assault.

The main suspect, the police said, disregarded the complainant's pleas to stop during the assault, and became violent. The suspect then called his friends into the room, and about 12 people entered and watched. Some joined in the assault, and a few filmed it on their phones.

The complainant managed to escape the room, still naked, and run away. She was able to find two of her friends and explain what she had endured. They took her to a private clinic within the hotel and called the authorities. A medical examiner found fresh abrasions on the woman's lower limbs.