Cyprus court postpones hearing in rape accusation case

Cyprus Briton Arrested

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.

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Twelve initial suspects who were arrested after the rape claim was made have all been released.
Twelve initial suspects who were arrested after the rape claim was made have all been released.
Twelve initial suspects who were arrested after the rape claim was made have all been released.
Police officers escort a 19-year-old British woman, center, from the Famagusta court in town of Paralimni, Cyprus, Monday, July 29, 2019. The 19-year-old British woman has been arrested on suspicion of filing a false complaint of gang rape for which a dozen Israeli teens were held, Cyprus police say. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
An Israeli teenager is embraced by relatives after being released from Famagusta police headquarters in southeast town of Paralimni, Cyprus, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A lawyer says Cyprus police will release all seven Israeli teenagers who were being detained as suspects in the alleged rape of a 19-year-old British woman. Cypriot Lawyer Yiannis Habaris, who represents two of the seven Israelis, told The Associated Press on Sunday the British woman has been arrested and faces a public nuisance charge. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
An Israeli teenager is embraced by relatives after being released from Famagusta police headquarters in southeast town of Paralimni, Cyprus, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A lawyer says Cyprus police will release all seven Israeli teenagers who were being detained as suspects in the alleged rape of a 19-year-old British woman. Cypriot Lawyer Yiannis Habaris, who represents two of the seven Israelis, told The Associated Press on Sunday the British woman has been arrested and faces a public nuisance charge. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Suspects cover their faces with their shirts as they leave the Famagusta courthouse to take them to a detention center, in Paralamni, Cyprus, on Thursday, July 18, 2019. A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A police officer guards the suspects as they cover their faces inside a police vehicle to take them to a detention center outside the Famagusta courthouse in Paralamni, Cyprus on Thursday, July 18, 2019. A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Two suspects cover their faces with their shirts as they arrive at the Famagusta courthouse in Paralamni town, Cyprus, Thursday, July 18, 2019. A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Israeli men cover their faces with their shirts as they sit inside a police vehicle to take them to a detention center outside the Famagusta courthouse in Paralamni, Cyprus on Thursday, July 18, 2019. A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Israeli men cover their faces with their shirts as they arrive at the Famagusta courthouse in Paralamni town, Cyprus, Thursday, July 18, 2019. A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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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.

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