British woman accused of making up gang rape must spend Christmas in Cyprus (photos)

A British teenager accused of fabricating claims she was gang-raped in Cyprus by 12 Israeli tourists has been told she will have to spend Christmas on the island before a verdict is reached.
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The ongoing ordeal for the 19-year-old was further prolonged on Thursday when a court in Paralimni said the final judgement would be reached on 30 December – almost six months after the alleged incident occurred.

The Briton, who spent a month in Nicosia general prison before being moved to various safe houses, has been forced to surrender her passport on the grounds she might flee the island.
Some of the Israeli men who were initially accused of rape are seen arriving in court on July 25One of the Israeli tourists arrive to appear before court on July 26. The Israeli men were arrested on suspicion of rape, but the woman is now accused of inventing the claim
The adjournment was announced after her legal team had tabled 32 pages of written arguments as to why the student should not be found guilty of fomenting public mischief, the offence of which she now stands charged.
Her lawyers expressed surprise that a case that has sent shockwaves through Cyprus, Israel and Britain, should be further prolonged.

The four-strong legal team had anticipated the judge would return his verdict before Cypriot courts close for the Christmas recess on December 20.

Turning from victim to suspect overnight, she was arrested on charges of giving a false statement “over an imaginary offence”. The alleged assailants were allowed to fly home. Cyprus’s economy depends on tourism and the former British colony has earned a reputation as a magnet for young holidaymakers in recent years.


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