Cypriot court pushes off decision on releasing Israeli rape suspects

A court in Famagusta, Cyprus, says five Israelis accused of raping a British tourist will remain in custody for at least one more day before deciding on whether they will be held for the remainder of legal proceedings against them, the Cyprus Mail reports.

Defense lawyers yesterday objected to a prosecution request for the suspects to remain in custody until the trial, set to begin October 5.

The court was expected to decide on the matter today, but instead pushed the decision off by a day, the Cypriot news outlet reports. No reason is given.

All of the suspects, aged 19-20, are from the northern Israeli town of Majd al-Krum.

The five have been held since September 4 after a 20-year-old British tourist told police she was taken “by force” from the pool area of a hotel during a party and then raped by several men in a room.



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