Ayia Napa: ‘False rape claim’ statement ‘not proper English’

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A British teenager accused of lying about being raped has said her statement withdrawing the claims was “not in proper English” and there was “no way” she would have written it.

The 19-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, told the court that police forced her to make the statement.

She is on trial in Cyprus accused of causing public mischief by allegedly falsely claiming to have been raped by 12 Israeli men in Ayia Napa on 17 July.

She denies the charge.

The woman, who is giving evidence at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni, broke down in tears as she was cross-examined for more than three hours on Wednesday.