Teen’s mum calls for Cyprus tourism boy­cott

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THE mother of a Bri­tish teenager found guilty of ly­ing about be­ing gang-raped in Cyprus has backed calls for a tourism boy­cott of the coun­try.

The wo­man, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, said she sup­ported the cam­paign and that she be­lieves the re­sort town of Ayia Napa is un­safe.

“The place isn’t safe – it is ab­so­lutely not safe. And if you go and report some­thing that’s hap­pened to you, you’re ei­ther laughed at, as far as I can tell, or, in the worst case, some­thing like what’s hap­pened to my daugh­ter may hap­pen,” she said.

The teenager said she was raped by up to 12 Is­raeli tourists in a ho­tel room in the party town of Ayia Napa on July 17.

But she was charged and the dozen young men, aged be­tween 15 and 20, who were ar­rested over the in­ci­dent, were freed af­ter she signed a re­trac­tion state­ment 10 days later. She says the police pres­sured her.

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