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Cyprus-Israel: Woman who accused 12 Israelis of rape arrested for false accusations, rape-charge victims released…….


I purposefully overlooked this story until all the evidence was forthcoming…


Rape Case That Roiled Israel Falls Apart, With 12 Suspects Freed

Israeli teenagers embraced their relatives after they were released from police custody in Paralimni, Cyprus, on Sunday.Petros Karadjias/Associated Press

JERUSALEM — An allegation of gang rape at a Cyprus resort that produced a bout of national soul searching in Israel took a dramatic turn on Sunday with the release of the remaining teenage Israeli suspects and the arrest of the woman who accused them.


A dozen Israelis, ranging in age from 15 to 18, had been arrested in the case, in which a 19-year-old British woman said they had raped her in a hotel room in the Cyprus resort town of Ayia Napa.


Five of the suspects were freed on Thursday and returned to Israel. The others were freed on Sunday without conditions, according to their lawyers and the police.


The woman was arrested on charges of making a false accusation, according a spokesman for the Cypriot police in Nicosia. She was due to appear in court Monday morning, he said by phone.


Neither the woman nor the suspects have been publicly identified.


According to law enforcement officials, the woman said she was gang raped on July 17, and the first details of the case emerged with the arrest of the Israelis and their subsequent arraignment in a Cyprus court on July 18.


The 12 Israelis were investigated on charges of rape and conspiracy to commit a felony, said Yaniv Habari, a lawyer representing three of the suspects. Speaking by phone from Cyprus on Sunday, he added that the police conducted DNA tests and seized 11 cellphones to examine videos and other evidence.


DNA tests indicated that three of the suspects had had some form of sexual contact with the woman, according to the lawyers for the detainees. But their clients said the encounter had been consensual. It was not clear how or whether the other nine suspects were involved.


Mr. Habari said that one of his clients had an alibi and another said that he had not been in the room where the alleged attack took place.


Lawyers representing the suspects told reporters that the 12 had traveled to the resort in the eastern Mediterranean in three separate groups that did not know one another.


The case has roiled Israel, where the reaction has revolved around concerns about victim shaming and about the pressures in Israeli society to prove manliness.



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