Five of 12 Israeli teenagers arrested on suspicion of the gang rape of a 19-year-old British tourist in her room at a hotel in Ayia Napa have been released.
The Cyprus court has extended the arrest of seven suspects for suspicion of having a connection to the incident. The court heard that three of the detainees had sexual contact with the British girl on the same night that the complaint was filed but that it was, according to them, consensual. They said that they knew the British girl from the club where she worked.
The DNA samples collected from the scene were presented in court, and it was found that three of the samples belonged to none of the detainees. It is believed that there were others involved in the case that the police have yet to apprehend.
The three other suspects are assumed to be Israelis and the search is on to find them from the hotel’s guest list. The police also offered immunity to those offering information.
Meanwhile, there are Cyprus media reports that one of the videos filmed at the scene by the boys involved was leaked onto the internet however police have yet to determine whether the video is a hoax and if it is connected to the incident in question.
The charges facing detained teenagers, aged from 15-18 years, include conspiring to commit a criminal act and rape. The British victim told police that the first suspect entered her room at 12.30am where she was forced to have sexual intercourse with the first suspect despite telling him to stop. He then invited his friends into the room, where they gathered around the bed watching and filming the encounter while laughing. Several joined in and others held down her legs. Some of the attackers did not use a condom, and others gratified themselves in her face.
The victim succeeded in freeing herself and ran from the hotel room naked, followed by the accused. She met two friends in the hallway who immediately took her to a private clinic in the hotel and called the police.