Cyprus Court Rejects British Woman’s Claim of Police Coercion in Gang Rape Case Against Israelis

Last month the woman testified about the events at night in the police station, saying she was forced to renounce her story about the alleged rape

The British woman arrives in court in Paralimni, Cyprus, July 29, 2019.
IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU / AFP

A court in Cyprus rejected on Thursday the claims of a young British woman that she had been forced by the police to sign a statement saying she had made up the story of an alleged gang rape by 12 Israeli men in Ayia Napa.

The court in Famagusta ruled that her confession was admissible as evidence. Last month the woman, a British tourist, testified about the events at night in the police station, saying she was forced to renounce her story about the alleged rape, saying she was put under great pressure to sign the statements.

The judge said police detectives had acted properly when they took the woman’s statement, and she was accompanied by a welfare officer during her time in the police station – and no pressure had been put on her to change her story, reported the British Daily Mail.

In addition, the judge said she had not been mistreated, she was allowed bathroom breaks and received water to drink – as opposed to what she had claimed. The judge said she was not treated aggressively and was not promised anything; she made the statements of her own will. “I don’t find anything suspicious,’ said the judge, reported the Daily Mail.