January 7, 2020 / 12:55 PM / 13 days ago

UK PM Johnson welcomes Cyprus court ruling to release British teen

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets newly-elected Conservative MPs at the Houses of Parliament, London, Britain December 16, 2019. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the decision by a court in Cyprus to hand a suspended sentence to a British teenager accused of faking a gang rape allegation, allowing the 19-year-old to return home, his spokesman said.

The spokesman also said Britain would work with Cyprus and other countries to ensure that such a case could not happen again.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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