KERRY’S SEAN IS RELEASED ON BAIL FROM GREEK JAIL
A KERRY mother whose son had been detained in a Greek jail for over three months has spoken of her sheer relief after he was released on bail yesterday.
Sean, who moved to Castlegregory when he was five and is a former student of the Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, had been in prison in Greece following his arrest on suspicion of human trafficking, money laundering, espionage and being a member of a criminal organisation. He had been working with refugees in Greece with an NGO.
A statement from Amnesty Ireland today read that Sean has been released on a €5,000 bail.
There will be no restrictions on his bail and he will be free to return to Ireland as he awaits a date for his trial in Greece, his mother Fanny stated.
Speaking to The Kerryman on Tuesday night, Fanny described her mood as “absolutely ecstatic” ahead of his expected release.
“It is a big relief, absolutely. It is very amazing. It has been so quick as well, all of a sudden everything is happening. We are working very hard to get the logistics of the bail figured out,” she said.
A protest was previously held in Dublin to highlight Sean’s case.
Amnesty International released a statement on the news yesterday.
“Whilst we welcome the news that these dedicated humanitarians will be back with their families tonight after more than 100 days behind bars, the fact that they still face absurd charges and potentially long prison sentences is an outrage,” the statement read.
“This case is just the latest example of how authorities are mis-using anti-smuggling laws to target activists and criminalise rescue. To detain dedicated volunteer humanitarians who helped people in need defies logic. People who selfless act in these ways should be lauded and not imprisoned. These baseless charges should be dropped,” the statement finished.
A GoFundMe page that will help cover the legal costs of Seans fight can be found on the ‘Free Humanitarians’ Facebook page.
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