KERRY’S SEAN IS RE­LEASED ON BAIL FROM GREEK JAIL

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - BY FER­GUS DENNEHY

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.

For­mer Gael­choláiste Chiar­raí stu­dent Sean Bin­der was re­leased on bail yes­ter­day.

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