July 29, 2019 / 9:41 AM / 4 months ago

Cyprus court postpones hearing in rape accusation case

FILE PHOTO: A police bus with Israeli tourists, arrested over the alleged rape of a British tourist in the resort town of Ayia Napa, leaves the Famagusta courthouse in Paralimni, Cyprus July 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (Reuters) - A court in Cyprus postponed a hearing on Monday in the case of a 19-year-old British woman suspected of falsely accusing a group of Israelis of gang rape.

The woman was arrested on 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.

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

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.

Reporting by Yiannis Kourtoglou; Writing by Michele Kambas; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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