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Protest staged over British student in Greek jail

editor - January 9, 2010

BBC NEWS

Supporters of a British student held in Greece on manslaughter charges have protested at London's Greek Embassy.

Andrew Symeou, 21, is accused of killing Jonathan Hiles, 18, of Cardiff, by punching him in a nightclub on the isle of Zante in 2007.

Sophie Symeou said: "The case against my brother is riddled with contradictions and inconsistencies suggestive of manipulation and in places fabrication of evidence by police officers.

"Andrew has been held in a Greek prison without a trial for nearly six months and has been refused bail twice. My brother has suffered for too long and this cannot continue - we are protesting outside the Greek Embassy to say enough is enough."

Fair Trials International Chief Executive Jago Russell said: "Andrew has already been held for months in a Greek jail without any opportunity to clear his name.

"We are urging Greece to bring this family's unjustified ordeal to an end, to release Andrew on bail and to investigate the serious allegations of police misconduct."

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