Monday, December 30, 2019

Cyprus court finds British woman guilty of falsely accusing Israelis of gang rape

A British woman who accused Israeli teens of gang-raping her earlier this year has been found guilty of fabricated the claims.

A court in Paralimni, Cyprus convicted the woman, who was 19 when she filed the false police report this summer, of public mischief Monday, finding that the British tourist had falsely accused 12 Israelis of gang-raping her in a hotel in the resort town of Ayia Napa on July 17th.

Judge Michalis Papathanasiou said the defendant did not tell the truth during her trial, and accused her of trying to deceive the court of “convenient” and “evasive” statements.

"The statements you have given were false," Papathanasiou said.

"He already made his decision! I thought we were asking for a fine," the defendant said to her lawyer.

More than a dozen female protesters were in court Monday, wearing white scarves with an image of lips sewn shut, AFP reported.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, could face up to one year in prison and a fine of 1,700 euros ($1,900).

The court set the date for sentencing for January 7th.

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