Andrew Symeou - Greece
There are no winners or losers, only pursuit of the truth. Today's verdict has only stopped further injustice and a possible gross miscarriage of justice... I can finally return home and begin building my life again. - Andrew Symeou
Andrew Symeou was extradited to Greece in July 2009 to face charges in connection with the death of a young man at a nightclub on a Greek island. Andrew was extradited despite evidence that the charges were based on statements extracted by Greek police through the violent intimidation of witnesses, who later retracted their statements. Fair Trials International has grave concerns over the conduct of the police investigation which was built on mistaken identity and conflicting evidence.
After spending over ten months in terrible conditions in a Greek prison, Andrew was finally released on bail but remains unable to leave Greece. He has recently been told that his trial will take place in March 2011, almost four years after the events in question, during three of which Andrew’s life and the lives of his family have been turned upside down.
Update – We are delighted to inform you that Andrew was cleared by the Greek court on June 17th, 2011. Andrew’s life was turned upside down as a result of his extradition, incarceration and trial in Greece. He has since returned to the UK and enrolled at university in London.
Last updated: 8 May 2013