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She Made an Explosive Claim. Now She Faces Jail Time

British teen who alleged July gang-rape found guilty of making false claims
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2019 7:22 AM CST
A 19-year old British woman, right, covers her face as she leaves from the Famagusta court after her trial, in Paralimni, Cyprus, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. A Cyprus court on Monday found a 19 year-old British...   (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)
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(Newser) – An unnamed British 19-year-old made an explosive claim in July: that she was gang-raped by 12 Israelis in a hotel room in Cyprus. On Monday she was found guilty of "public mischief," or lying to officials about the rapes—which she now maintains did happen. Inside a case that has been closely watched in Britain, Cyprus, and Israel:

  • The woman alleged that up to a dozen Israelis, who the New York Times reports were between the ages of 15 and 18, raped her on July 17 in the resort town of Ayia Napa. The AP reports she testified that she had been having sex with her boyfriend when the other men entered the room.
  • But 10 days later she retracted her allegations. Investigators said the retraction came after they noticed inconsistencies in what she said. She subsequently claimed that her statement was made under duress, that she got the impression she could be arrested if she didn't sign it, and that she "even feared for her life."

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