Posted by Gareth Icke Posted on 7 January 2020

Ayia Napa Briton sentenced over false rape claim

A British teenager has been given a four-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of lying about gang-rape in Cyprus.

The 19-year-old hugged her family and left court weeping after she was sentenced for public mischief.

Her sentence was suspended for three years, and she has been ordered to pay €148 (£125) in legal fees. She now plans to return to the UK.

Women’s rights groups protested outside court ahead of the sentencing.

BBC correspondent Anna Holligan said the puffy-eyed teenager embraced her mother as chants of “We believe you,” and “No means no,” filtered into the courtroom from the protest outside.

Supporters from Cyprus and a group of 50 women who travelled from Israel gathered outside the Famagusta District Court on Tuesday holding placards.

The teenager’s mother shouted “she’s coming home” to the group following sentencing, and told reporters she felt “relieved”.

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