A British teenager has been remanded in custody in Cyprus  after she was arrested last week on suspicion of falsely accusing 12 Israeli tourists of gang rape.

The 19-year-old faces "public mischief" charges that come with a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of around €1,700.

The young woman, who was not named, stood without speaking during the session at Famagusta District Court in Paralimni in southeast Cyprus.

Her mother was also present. She covered her face with the hood of her sweatshirt as she left the court and was put into a police van.

Her lawyer Andreas Pittadjis said she is expected to enter a plea when she appears again on 7 August.

He asked the court for time to "collect videotapes and statements" gathered by the Cypriot police during the investigation.

Initially, the teenager had alleged that 12 Israelis raped her at the hotel where she was staying in the popular resort of Ayia Napa on 17 July.

The tourists aged 15 to 18 were released last week after the woman was arrested on suspicion of "making a false statement about an imaginary crime", according to Cyprus police.

Ayia Napa is popular with younger tourists attracted by its reputation as a party town and for its white-sand beaches.

Britain is the island's biggest tourist market with around 1.3 million of its citizens travelling to Cyprus every year. Nearby Israel is also a key source of visitors.