Israeli Tourists Arrested on Suspicion of Gang Rape



KAN reports that the suspects shouted that they were being abused and beaten by police when they saw their parents for the first time outside the courthouse. They were due to appear at a remand hearing before a Famagusta district court on Thursday.

Judge Tonia Nicolaou removed reporters from the hearing Thursday because some of the suspects were minors.

Twelve Israelis have been detained following the rape claim, while a police source said it is still early in the investigation and it is unclear how numerous suspects are implicated in the case.

Some parents shouted messages of support and embraced them.

It is believed Cypriot officials will be given permission to hold them for longer while investigations take place.

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One of the mothers of the Israeli youths has told Channel 12 in her country that her son doesn't speak English well and does not understand the legal process of Cyprus. She said the boy called her "in tears" and said, "I didn't do anything".

Meanwhile the boys' lawyer, Yaniv Habari, told Israeli daily Haaretz that the accused are "in a good mood", but did not comment on whether they deny the accusations. However, further details were not given.

As some reports suggest, the alleged rape caused a stir at the resort.

Israel's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that their country's diplomats had been allowed access to the suspects.

The Israeli consul in Nicosia, Yossef Wurmbrand, is said to be in contact with the detained suspects, while the Israeli foreign ministry is also following the case. "We are in constant contact with the authorities, and once we have more information we will publish it".

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