Cyprus Court Postpones Hearing of British Woman Held for Falsely Accusing Israelis of Gang Rape

The 19-year-old was arrested under suspicion of misleading authorities ■ British mission 'supporting her and her family'

British 19-year-old woman who accused twelve Israelis of gang rape arriving at the Famagusta District Court in Paralimni in eastern Cyprus, to face charges of making a false allegation, July 29, 2019.
Iakovos Hatzistavrou / AFP

A court in Cyprus postponed a hearing Monday in the case of a 19-year-old British tourist suspected of falsely accusing a group of Israelis of gang rape.

The woman was arrested Sunday after police said she withdrew an accusation that 12 Israeli teenagers raped her in a hotel room in the holiday resort of Ayia Napa in mid-July.

The woman is being held on suspicion of public mischief in a case which caused an uproar in Israel.

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The British High Commission in Nicosia said Monday in a statement, “We are supporting a British woman and her family following her arrest in Cyprus, and are in touch with local authorities.”

Cypriot authorities, who initially arrested the 12 Israelis for questioning, released five last week and the remaining seven on Sunday. They had all denied any wrongdoing. 

Cyprus police returned the passports to the Israelis and they returned to the country Sunday evening. 

A district court in the town of Paralimni postponed the remand hearing because the woman's lawyer was not present. It was re-scheduled to Tuesday.