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Gang-rape lie trial told 12 men plotted Cyprus ‘orgy’

Tearful: British teenager arrives at court yesterday. She denies making up gang-rape claim PICTURE: MARC GIDDINGS

UP TO a dozen men boasted how they were going to have an ‘orgy’ with a British teenager in Cyprus before gang-raping her, a court heard.

The group — all Israelis — allegedly planned their attack on the 19-year-old after she met one of them at a pool party in the resort of Ayia Napa and agreed to have sex with him.

They were all arrested but later freed without charge when the young woman retracted her statement.

Yesterday, she appeared at Famagusta district court in Paralimni to deny falsely claiming she had been attacked.

Her lawyers said she was raped and that her retraction should not be admissible as evidence because investigators exerted pressure, threatening her and her friends with arrest — which Cypriot authorities strongly deny.

Ritsa Pekri, defending, read a statement from one of the group’s friends about the night in July she claims she was raped.

The man told how he saw them outside their accommodation and asked whether they would be going to a club later.

‘They said they were going to stay in because the English girl was coming there later and they were going to f*** her — all of them,’ he said. ‘They were talking about it and laughing, saying they were going to do orgies with her.

‘They were saying this in a very bad and aggressive way and they looked like they were ready — all of them — to f*** her that night.’

Ms Pekri also questioned one of the investigating officers about the examination of the Israelis’ mobile phones.

The court heard only material from five of the 11 devices seized had been provided to the teenager’s lawyers.

A video showed the young woman with one man as others tried to enter the room before being told to get out.

The teenager, who is on bail but cannot leave the island, appeared in court supported by her mother.

She followed proceedings with the help of an interpreter, nodding or shaking her head as she heard the evidence.

She broke down in tears when Judge Michalis Papathanasiou adjourned her trial until later this month.

After the hearing, Michael Polak, director of campaign group Justice Abroad, said: ‘She just wants to go home.’