Teen’s mother accused of lying that gang she was raped says family has faced an unpredictable fight.
Mother of British teenager accused of lying that gang has been raped in Ayia Napa says their family & # 39; an unpredictable fight & # 39; has experienced when her daughter arrives in court
- Teen had initially claimed she was attacked by 12 Israelis in Ayia Napa in July
- She is accused of causing a public calamity by falsely claiming that she has been raped & # 39;
- Her mother said Monday that & # 39; our lives have been set aside & # 39; since the incident
A British teenager accused of lying to have been raped in Cyprus, arrived at the court on Tuesday because her mother said that their family has experienced an unpredictable fight.
The 19-year-old claimed in July that a group of 12 Israelis had attacked her and sexually attacked her at the Cypriot party resort Ayia Napa.
The young woman – who has not been mentioned – is now allegedly telling a judge that the police forced her to withdraw her statement after she was denied a lawyer and detained at a police station for eight hours.
The British teenager (pictured in the middle) who accused 12 Israelis of sexual assault pictured on Tuesday at Famagusta District Court in Cyprus
The teenager was accused of causing public calamity & # 39; by falsely claiming that she was raped – an indictment she denies – and could face up to a year in prison if she was found guilty.
During a hearing at the Famagusta district court on Tuesday, Cypriot judge Andreas Papathanasiou refused a request from the public prosecutor to give the court a & # 39; sex tape & # 39; of the incident.
The Brit's lawyer, Ritza Pekri, said that playing it would put the suspect in need.
The woman was supported by her parents during her ordeal and her case was taken over by the British campaign group Justice Abroad, who appointed a British legal team led by Lewis Power QC to represent her.
Her mother said Monday: & # 39; It has been an unpredictable battle since the incident.
& # 39; It seems as if all our lives have been set aside and paused while everyone continues to move around us. & # 39;
The young woman is reportedly planning to tell a judge that the police forced her to withdraw her statement
The teenager claims that she was forced to sign a confession made up by the police after she was refused a lawyer and detained at the police station for eight hours.
She claims it was attacked by up to 12 Israeli men between the ages of 15 and 18 who had an & # 39; orgy & # 39; had planned.
One of the dozens of text messages sent between the men in the run-up to the alleged attack: & # 39; She is receiving f ***** & # 39; tonight.
The Israeli teenagers, who had been on vacation before they started their national military service, were arrested in July and accused of rape. They were released a week later.
They all denied attacking the young Brit who allegedly met one of the group at a pool party and agreed to have sex with him.
The British teenager leaves the Famagusta district court in Paralimni in Eastern Cyprus in July
It comes after the woman's legal team claimed in August that she had fallen victim to & # 39; revenge porn & # 39; after the youth sent friends a video about her drunken sex – which has since become viral.
According to Israeli sources, the video was widely shared on WhatsApp, social media and even on porn sites after one or more young people had sent it to friends.
It is also assumed that the images show that the group makes derogatory comments about the woman in Hebrew during the meeting.
A source said: & # 39; The video is everywhere. In it you can hear one of the boys say in Hebrew: "You are my whore – say you are my whore".
The Israeli boys were criticized for their jubilant parties with friends and family when they arrived back in Israel (above)
& # 39; She doesn't understand and asks what they say and one of them answers in English & # 39; We say you are sexy & # 39 ;. It's not that nice. It is not how men should act. Many people in Israel are starting to question their behavior. & # 39;
Her family, who said the teenager was diagnosed with PTSD, set up a crowdfunding page asking for money for legal fees, which raised more than £ 36,000.
In an online message, the family said: & # 39; We live in the hope that it will be resolved at this time. Thank you to all of you for making this possible & # 39 ;.
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