A 13-year-old girl in Germany admitted she made up a story about being kidnapped and raped by migrants in a case that led to protests in the country and tension between the Kremlin and Berlin.
The Russian-German teenager, named only as Lisa under privacy laws, was reported missing by her parents on January 11 when she failed to turn up for school in Marzahn, Berlin.
When she turned up 30 hours later she had injuries on her face and she said she’d been attacked by someone of Middle Eastern or North African appearance.
The allegations caused uproar in Berlin, particularly after reports of mass sexual assaults allegedly carried out by migrants in Cologne.
Protests were held in Marzahn by the 'International Convention of German Russians' supported by the Islam-critical group Bargida movement and the far-right National Democratic party.
Many claimed that police were responsible for a cover up in the wake of the Cologne incidents.
But 'Lisa' admitted she lied about the alleged rape, prosecutors said in a statement on Sunday.
When she was questioned by trained specialists three days later "she immediately admitted that the story of the rape was not true", said the spokesman for the state prosecutor, Martin Steltner.
Police released a statement via Facebook on January 18 saying they had disproved the allegations but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also accused Germany of hiding details.
"The news that she disappeared was kept secret for a very long time," he told a press conference, blaming "political correctness".
It emerged that she had spent a night at a friend's house because she did not want to go home after an incident at school.
Her mother told Der Spiegel on Sunday that Lisa was "doing very badly" and was having treatment in a psychiatric ward.
German media said a family conflict could have prompted the girl to disappear.