Cyprus police arrest Briton in rape claim, to free Israelis -sources

By Michele Kambas

By Michele Kambas

ATHENS, July 28 (Reuters) - Police in Cyprus arrested a 19-year-old British woman on Sunday on suspicion of filing a false complaint of gang rape for which a dozen Israeli teens had been detained as suspects, two police sources said.

The Israelis, seven of whom are still in custody, would be released within the day, the sources said. Five had been released last week.

Twelve individuals had initially been detained on a court order in mid-July after the woman said she had been assaulted in a hotel room in the resort of Ayia Napa. The youths had denied the claim.

"Rape never took place," one of the sources said. The woman is being held on suspicion of public mischief.

Israeli Education Minister Rafael Peretz, speaking to reporters outside a cabinet meeting on Sunday, said of the Cyprus case: "We need to check the details. We are certainly in favour of the children of Israel having the highest moral standard." (Reporting by Michele Kambas in Athens; additional reporting by Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Susan Fenton)