The Daily Telegraph

British woman ‘gang-raped’ during Greek island holiday

- By Nick Squires

A BRITISH woman has allegedly been gang-raped by up to eight men while on holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes.

The 31-year-old woman went to a nightclub with friends in the resort town of Faliraki on Sunday night.

They met a group of Belgian men and then accompanie­d them back to their hotel.

The British tourist told Greek police that she had consensual sex with one of the Belgians on a hotel balcony. But her friends then left the hotel room and she said she was gang-raped by the rest of the group, who were aged between 30 and 35.

She later fled the hotel and reported the alleged attack to police at around 7am on Monday morning.

“We continue to investigat­e the allegation­s because authoritie­s have yet to establish that her claims are true,” Konstantin­a Damoglidou, a police spokespers­on, told The Times.

“No suspect has been arrested because no arrest warrant has been issued,” she said.

Authoritie­s on the island are waiting for the findings of a forensic examinatio­n and medical tests that the alleged victim had requested.

The Foreign Office said: “We are supporting a British woman following an incident in Rhodes and are now in contact with the local authoritie­s.”

The alleged attack appears to have parallels with the gang rape of a young British woman in the holiday resort of Ayia Napa in Cyprus in July 2019.

The Derbyshire woman, who was 19 at the time, told police on the island that she had been raped in a hotel room by a group of up to 12 Israeli men.

But after hours of questionin­g, without a lawyer or family member present,

‘We continue to investigat­e because the authoritie­s have yet to establish whether her claims are true’

she retracted the allegation – a retraction that she later said she had been coerced into.

The Israeli teenagers and young men denied any wrongdoing, were released from custody and allowed to return home.

She was put on trial and convicted of causing public mischief in January 2020. The teenager was given a fourmonth suspended prison sentence.

Amid an internatio­nal outcry, she launched an appeal and her conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Cyprus in January this year.

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