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British woman pleads not guilty to Cyprus 'false rape claims'

Twelve male Israeli tourists appear before Famagusta District Court in Paralimni, Cyprus Image copyright EPA
Image caption Twelve men appeared in court over the alleged attack

A British woman has pleaded not guilty in a Cypriot court to lying about being raped in the tourist town of Ayia Napa.

In July, 12 Israeli tourists were arrested after the 19-year-old said they gang-raped her.

She then retracted her allegation, the men were released and returned home, and she was arrested for allegedly making up the claims.

The woman faces up to a year in jail, and a fine, if found guilty of a charge of causing public mischief.

Justice Abroad, which is providing legal assistance to the woman, said Cypriot police had pressured her to retract the claim.

The woman was released on conditional bail until her next court appearance on 2 October, Justice Abroad said.

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