A BRITISH teenager who is accused of making false gang-rape allegations while in Ayia Napa has appeared in court today for the start of a five-day trial.
The woman, 19, originally told Cypriot police that 12 Israeli men had taken it in turns to rape her in a hotel room but was later charged with 'public mischief' after cops said the teen had changed her statement.
The men were arrested on July 12 but later all released without charge, and doubt has since been cast on the woman's claims.
The woman spent more than a month in Nicosia's general prison before being granted bail and claims that police coerced her into a confession.
It is thought that the British girl's defence will argue a mishandling of the teen's case after she endured eight-hours of police questioning, in which no lawyer was present.
It was also revealed that none of the interrogation was recorded by cops, standard practice here in the UK.
The British woman and her family have claimed that she was pressured to withdraw her complaint by detectives, who threatened to arrest her friends for “conspiracy” if she did not comply.
The teenager first appeared in court back in July but the case was adjourned several times due to a change of lawyer and her defence looking to gather 'more evidence'.
If found guilty of the charge of fomenting public mischief, the Brit could face up to a year in prison.
Since being granted bail she was taken to a safe house and asked to report to a local police station three times a week after having her passport seized.
The teen's parents have set up a Go Fund Me page in order to help cover legal costs, with most of the donations coming from outraged Israeli's.
LEAKED SEX VIDEO
Lawyers also called for the 12 Israeli men to be prosecuted for sharing a video online of her having sex with members of the group.
A 34-second video was leaked to the website Pornhub as well as Israeli media which legal experts say was an act of “revenge porn”.
Under UK law revenge porn is “the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress.”
It is also banned under EU law as well.
Andreas Pittadjis, the woman’s former lawyer, told The Times: “These were supposed to be private… and now the whole world has seen them.
“The circulation of this video is much more serious than the charges the girl faces and yet nobody is doing anything about it.”
As well as explicit sex being shown in the footage the authorities and local media say the men also make derogatory comments about the woman in Hebrew as they engaged in sex.
A source told the paper: “You can hear one of the boys saying in Hebrew, ‘You’re my whore, say you are my whore.’
The Sun Online revealed that the teenager was lured to Cyprus by a firm blasted for putting youngsters at risk in 'unsafe' hotels for just £1.
Summer Takeover offers 'introduction' holidays for those looking for work in party hotspots like Ayia Napa, Kavos and Zante in exchange for a tiny token deposit.
But it has been slammed for leaving vulnerable teenagers stranded alone and jobless in 'high risk' hotels.
The girl jetted into Larnaca airport from Manchester at the beginning of July, heading for the two-star Pambos Napa Rocks resort.
The hotel, which can pack as many as 940 guests into its 240 rooms, is a huge draw for youngsters in Ayia Napa.
Famous for its pool parties, its biggest clients are young Russians, Swedes, Brits and Israelis – all determined to enjoy sun, sea and sex.
As part of her package, the girl was given a room for 28 days, shared with up to three other girls.
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