Cyprus police arrest British woman who lodged rape complaint, free 7 detained Israelis
A police official said the seven Israelis still behind bars were released from custody Sunday, Reuters reported.
News agencies reported the 19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of making a false allegation, the BBC reported. She’s due in court Monday.
“As I have argued throughout the process, there was no rape in Cyprus,” said defense attorney Nir Jeslovich who represented several of the suspects in court, according to the Jerusalem Post. “The young men who went on a vacation that became a nightmare will go home today, and everyone will return to their homes and families.”
Law enforcement in Cyprus arrested 12 Israeli teenagers on July 18 following the woman’s report of being raped by a dozen individuals at a resort popular with foreign tourists.
One law enforcement official told The Associated Press the woman voluntarily recanted during questioning just after midnight, saying there had been sexual contact with the suspects but she wasn’t raped.
The state-run Cyprus News Agency reported that the woman allegedly told investigators she filed a rape report because she was “angry and insulted” that a number of the Israelis allegedly recorded video of her having sex with some of them.
One of the teens released last week presented photo evidence showing him sleeping next to his girlfriend at the time of the alleged rape, according to reports.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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