Selfie that proved I wasn't a rapist: Israeli freed after Brit's gang rape ...

This is the selfie which helped prove the innocence of one of the 12 Israeli men accused of gang raping a British woman in Cyprus.

The image showing Yona Golub in bed with his girlfriend helped to untangle his accuser's tissue of lies because it was taken at the same time she told police she was attacked.

The relieved 18-year-old says the photo is the only reason he is back home in Israel and not banged up in a Cypriot jail facing a long sentence.  

The case against Yona was dropped immediately when he gave police this selfie (above) his girlfriend took while she was in bed with him on June 17, the morning of the alleged gang rape

Yona Golub, 18, (pictured) spent 12 days in custody in Cyprus accused of raping a British woman with 11 more Israelis at a hotel in Ayia Napa - but was freed when she changed her story

Yona Golub, 18, (pictured) spent 12 days in custody in Cyprus accused of raping a British woman with 11 more Israelis at a hotel in Ayia Napa - but was freed when she changed her story 

The image prompted the case against all 12 Israelis to collapse and the British woman, 19, (above) who MailOnline is not naming, withdrew her statement that she had been raped

The image prompted the case against all 12 Israelis to collapse and the British woman, 19, (above) who MailOnline is not naming, withdrew her statement that she had been raped 

Speaking fully for the first time since he was freed, Yona told how he was dragged out of bed by police as officers stormed his hotel.

'The police banged on the door, they woke me up. The officers came rushing in. They pulled me from my bed and said 'You're being arrested on suspicion of rape'. I didn't know what they were talking about.

'They made me get dressed, hand cuffed me and took me to the station. I was so confused. I had no idea what was going on. My girlfriend was terrified.' 

Yona, who has returned home to the small city of Afula in northern Israel, went on: 'I wasn't even in the room and I've never met the woman in my life.

'I was with my Israeli girlfriend at the time but the police still connected me to it.

'When they came to arrest my friends they thought I was with this woman too.

'Apparently when she was shown my picture she said that I was there as well.

'It was all lies. It had nothing to do with me.

The police just believed that she was saying. But you saw that in the end she admitted she lied but it hasn't worked out so well for her.'

The British teenager, who MailOnline is not naming, is now facing a year in prison and a £1,000 fine after she was accused of making the whole thing up.

Yona was arrested and put in custody in Cyprus for 12 days as police investigated the claims against him

Yona (above) was able to prove he hadn't been with his accuser by using the selfie with his girlfriend

Yona (pictured) told of the moment police officers in Cyprus banged on his hotel room door and burst in to arrest him on suspicion of rape in front of his terrified girlfriend. They accused him of being a rapist after the woman said 12 men held her down and attacked her at the hotel

After the rape case against the 12 Israelis collapsed the woman (in pink with a minder) from the north of England changed her story and was charged with public mischief - or wasting police time. She appeared in court in Cyprus this week and was remanded in custody until August 7

After the rape case against the 12 Israelis collapsed the woman (in pink with a minder) from the north of England changed her story and was charged with public mischief - or wasting police time. She appeared in court in Cyprus this week and was remanded in custody until August 7

The Israeli boys - who had filmed the sexual encounter with the woman - were criticised for their jubilant celebrations with friends and family when they arrived back in Israel (above)

The Israeli boys - who had filmed the sexual encounter with the woman - were criticised for their jubilant celebrations with friends and family when they arrived back in Israel (above)  

She said the dozen Israelis, aged from 15 to 18, raped her in the room of the budget Pambos Napa Rocks Hotel on July 17 after a night of partying.

She had been in Ayia Napa for several weeks after flying to the resort from her home in the north of England where she lives

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