A GROUP of 12 Israeli teenagers have appeared in court accused of gang-raping a 19-year-old Brit woman in the party resort of Ayia Napa.
They are alleged to have attacked the woman at around 12.30am on Wednesday at a hotel where she was staying in Cyprus.
The woman told police that the large group held her down while taking videos on their mobile phones and laughing, according to Ynet News
She is reported to have meet a member of the group three days prior to the attack and engaged in sexual relations on multiple occasions with the teen. According to court documents the victim had ‘scratches on her lower limbs’ as a result of the trauma and had agreed to go into the hotel room at around 3.30am with one of the males.
She then claims that once inside 11 other teens entered the room and raped her.
The Times of Israel reports some or all of those being quizzed by cops are 16 or 17 years old and three of those arrested have since admitted to having sex with the girl.
Though the men claim it took place with ‘with love and consent’. Three of the suspects were bought to the Famagusta Court, in Paralimni, today with the other nine arriving an hour later.
Reports suggest that as news spread of the woman’s ordeal, Brit tourists turned on other members of the Israeli group who they believed to be involved.
The two parties had previously become friends prior to the attack.
Cops in Ayia Napa and neighbouring Paralimni arrested the tourists at 6am on Wednesday, it is understood.
A member of the group was able to translate for the others due to them only speaking limited English. One of the boys mother’s told news channel Keshet 12 that he was unable to understand what Greek police were saying to him.
Israel’s Foreign Office said it was aware of the case and in contact with those arrested.
The court hearing was kept private due to members of the group being minors and the judge determined that they will now remain in custody for a further eight days, according to the Cyprus Mail.