Taking Action ... Justice for Symeou vs the Greek government

Protesters: Justice for Symeou Target: The Greek government Location: The Greek Embassy, London Date: 9 January

Protesters outside the Greek embassy
Protesters outside the Greek embassy


The lowdown

Andrew Symeou is being held in Korydallos prison in Athens, accused of killing tourist Jonathan Hiles by punching him in a nightclub on the isle of Zante. Fair Trials International has said Symeou's friends claim they were 'beaten, punched, slapped and threatened' by police officers in Greece until they gave statements implicating him.

Why the protest?

Justice for Symeou has called for an end to his detention, a trial date to be set and an inquiry into allegations of police misconduct. About 100 protesters turned up at the Greek Embassy to protest on the Saturday before last, chanting 'enough is enough' and 'justice for Andrew'.

How did the Greek Embassy respond?

There has been no response from the Greek Embassy. However, Joan Ryan, Labour MP for Enfield North, led a debate in the House of Commons last week on the detention of Symeou.

How did the media cover it?

BBC News Online covered the news extensively, with the headline 'Protest staged over British student in Greek jail'. The BBC quoted Symeou's sister Sophie stating the case is 'riddled with contradictions and inconsistencies suggestive of manipulation'. The Daily Mirror wrote that Symeou is being held in a 'hell-hole jail'. The story was also covered by websites This is Local London and WalesOnline.

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