The 19-year-old hugged her family and her legal team and left court weeping, with her head in her hands, after she was sentenced for public mischief. The teenager is now free to return home after Judge Michalis Papathanasiou told her he was giving her a “second chance”. The judge told Famagusta District Court the four month sentence would be suspended for three years.
The teenager has been stuck on the island after claiming she was raped by up to 12 Israeli tourists in a hotel room in the party town of Ayia Napa on July 17.
She was charged and spent around a month in prison before being granted bail in August.
The dozen young men and boys, aged between 15 and 20 arrested over the incident, were freed after she signed a retraction statement 10 days later.
She claims she was raped after having consensual sex with one of the Israelis, and forced to change her account under pressure from Cypriot police – something they denied.
The case hinged on a retraction statement signed by the teenager following hours of questioning alone and without legal representation.
Her family had raised fears she would suffer permanent damage to her mental health if she was sent to prison, having been diagnosed with PTSD.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had raised concerns over her treatment with the Cypriot authorities, after the teenager’s conviction provoked outrage in Cyprus and the UK.
Supporters also gathered outside the court holding banners, which said: “We believe you.”
Her lawyers are poised to launch an appeal and hope to fast-track proceedings in Cyprus’s supreme court.
The appeal could take between three to four years.