Teen found guilty of lying about gang rape ‘to be pardoned and sent home’

A British teenager who was convicted of lying about being gang-raped will receive a presidential pardon and be allowed to go home, according to reports.

The 19-year-old will fly back to the UK as early as tomorrow after being given amnesty, local media reported.

The teen was facing up to 12 months in prison and a £1500 fine but Cypriot Government sources have signalled she will not have to serve any punishment after being found guilty of public mischief.

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 ten days later.

She maintains she was raped but forced to change her account under pressure from Cypriot police.

Authorities will announce the pardon from Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades once the court ruling is made on Tuesday.

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