ITV is releasing a new documentary today about the Ayia Napa rape case
The woman found guilty of lying will be giving her first TV interview
The woman found guilty of lying about her gang rape in Cyprus will be sharing her story tonight in a new documentary created by ITV.
“Believe Me” will feature the first television interview with the woman who is being known as “Emily” to protect her identity. It will also feature interviews with her mother, her friends and the alleged rapists.
The documentary seeks to find out what happened that night and explores if the woman was subject to a miscarriage of justice.
The 19-year-old British woman claimed she was gang raped last July by a group of 12 Israeli men in a hotel in Ayia Napa.
She retracted her original statement after seven hours of questioning by the Cypriot police without a lawyer present. After this she made a statement exonerating the 12 men.
Earlier this year she was found guilty of lying about the gang rape and given a suspended sentence. She has since returned home to the UK after not being able to leave Ayia Napa whilst on bail.
The documentary will have new footage from the case, feature her friends’ text messages during the time and contributions from expert lawyers.
“Emily” said she was denied a lawyer during the police interrogations, her interviews were not recorded and she forced to alter her statement.
She said she believed there was no other way out of the police station unless she signed the retraction.
She said: “There was no other way out of that police station other than [to] sign that retraction statement. I thought, ‘As soon as I am outside this volatile environment I can sort this out.’ When you’re in that situation, the only sensible thing to do is to conform.”
“Believe Me” will air on ITV tonight at 10:45pm.
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