A British teen, who has not been named, was allowed to return to the UK from Cyprus after she was spared jail following a harrowing five-month ordeal on the island.
The Derbyshire woman was handed a suspended sentence at Famagusta District Court on Tuesday morning after she was charged with “public mischief” and found guilty of lying about being gang raped by 12 Israeli teens at Aya Napa.
She hugged her family and legal team and left the court weeping.
Judge Michalis Papathanasiou took into account her age, 18 at the time of the offence, and said he would give her a “second chance”. He also looked at her “psychological state” and sentenced her to four months in jail, suspended for three years. She was also fined €140.
Her relieved mother was with her. The girl had spent a month in prison and had been granted bail in August. She maintains that she had consensual sex with one of the Israeli tourists on 17 July before he pinned her down and raped her with the others. The incident was filmed at the time.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that her treatment had raised concerns and her conviction had provoked outrage in the UK as well as CYprus.
“We will be following up on some of the issues in relation to the case. I spoke to the Cypriot foreign minister about that,” said Mr Raab.
“There is a broader issue for Brits travelling abroad – not just in Cyprus, or indeed in Europe – whether it is holiday, whether it is backpacking, to make sure they can do so as safely and securely as possible.
“What we will want to do is have a conversation with our Cypriot friends and partners about that case once I have downloaded the full facts.”