A British woman who admitted to falsely accusing a dozen Israeli teenagers of rape has had her court proceedings adjourned. 

The 19-year-old woman’s lawyer said they needed more time to study the police evidence and criticised the leak of video footage allegedly showing his client having sex with the Israelis.

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Andreas Pittadjis called the leak a “much more serious criminal offence” than the charge his client faces.

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He added: “It begs the question, who leaked those videos and why have they not been questioned yet.”

Mr Pittadjis said a judge granted his request for the adjournment until 7 August and added the woman would “most likely” enter a plea at her next appearance but did not indicate how she would plead.

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The woman faces a public nuisance charge after claiming she was raped by 12 Israelis at a hotel in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a €1,700 (£1,558) fine.

Police freed all 12 suspects after the woman allegedly recanted her rape allegations during police questioning.

She admitted there had been sexual contact with the suspects but said she was not raped.

Israeli men cover their faces with their shirts as they arrive at the Famagusta courthouse in Paralamni town, Cyprus
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Israeli men cover their faces with their shirts as they arrive at the courthouse in Paralamni

Lawyers representing the Israelis, who are between the ages of 15 and 18, said they planned to sue after the allegations were retracted.

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The young woman will be held at a detention facility until her next court appearance.

She covered her face as she was escorted out of the court.

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