Brit, 21, is cleared of lying about gang rape in party hotspot Ayia Napa

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A British holidaymaker has been cleared of lying over a gang rape in the party hotspot Ayia Napa.

The 21-year-old student was found guilty of public mischief and handed a four-month suspended sentence in 2020.

She alleged she was attacked by a group of up to 12 Israeli tourists in a hotel room in July 2019.

But she won her appeal to overturn the conviction at the Cyprus supreme court yesterday.

Her family said in a statement: “It is a great relief we hear that the authorities in Cyprus have recognised the flaws in their legal process.

“Whilst this decision doesn’t excuse the way she was treated by the police or the judge, it does bring with it the hope that my daughter’s suffering will at least bring positive changes in the way that victims of crime are treated.”

The woman, from Derby, was charged after signing a retraction statement 10 days after her allegation but maintained she was pressured by officers.

Her lawyers now want the original allegations to be probed by cops.

Brit lawyer Michael Polak, from Justice Abroad, said the decision was a “watershed moment”.

The woman, a university student from Derby, was 19 when she was given a suspended four-month jail term in 2020 by a Cypriot judge who found her guilty of public mischief following a trial at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni.

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She told police she was attacked by up to 12 Israeli tourists in a hotel room in the party town of Ayia Napa on July 17 2019, but was charged after signing a retraction statement 10 days later.

The woman has maintained she was pressured by officers to withdraw the rape allegation and has vowed to clear her name, having flown home from the island hours after being sentenced.

Her team of English and Cypriot lawyers took her appeal to the Supreme Court in the capital Nicosia, in front of a panel of three judges, including the English-born president of the Supreme Court, Persefoni Panayi, arguing the conviction is unsafe and should be set aside.

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