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‘Greek justice system is absolutely appalling’

MANHANDLED: A Greek police officer wrestles Litchmore-Dunbar to the ground outside a court

A LAWYER who helped to secure the release of British student accused of murder is warning black Britons that they “should think very carefully about” going to Greece.

Hilary Brown, legal representative for 20-year-old former economics student Myles Litchmore-Dunbar, who earlier this month was found not guilty of stabbing Tyrell Matthews-Burton, 19, in Malia blasted the Greek police and courts for its handling of the case, which resulted in her client being kept in remand for 16 months.

Brown further accused the Greek authorities of racial discrimination, arguing that ethnicity and the fact that the case involved young black males, was the overriding factor for the perceived lack of effort in the botched murder investigation.

Myles, now back in the UK, was cleared of murder on November 3, but had to wait until last Friday (Nov 7) to be released from an Athens detention centre. Brown said that the confusion and “miscommunication was absolutely appalling”.

No one else has yet been charged with the July 2013 killing of Matthews-Burton, and Brown called into question the entire police investigation and trial process, telling The Voice that the Greek authorities were “totally unprofessional”.

The lawyer said: “I would hate to think this is standard practice because if it is then I wonder if justice is ever found for people.

ACQUITTED: Myles Litchmore-Dunbar

“The police evidence said it all. They said they were the first on the scene, were told to tape off the area and that nobody instructed them to investigate. Every police officer that [gave evidence] said it was not their responsibility to investigate, so clearly no investigation was done.”

Brown expressed shock over claims that both judges and jurors at Litchmore-Dunbar’s trial were allegedly dozing off in court: “Throughout the whole proceedings, one by one, they fell asleep, they snored, they were not paying attention. They were writing messages to each other, notes going back and forth – there was laughing and giggling.”

Asked why the case was treated in such a manner, the lawyer asserted: “It’s because [the defendants] were non-Greek nationals, they were tourists and they were black.

“I absolutely believe the criminal justice system did not lend itself to a proper, full and thorough investigation, for those three factors.”

Brown also issued a warning about travelling to the EU country that has “such low legal standards”. She added: “I would strongly urge anybody going on holiday to Greece to seriously consider covering themselves for legal expenses, for I don’t understand how ordinary working class people could afford to be represented in Greece.

“I’d urge anybody of colour going to Greece to think very carefully about it, because they are an EU country where the far-right is represented in its parliament.”

Matthews-Burton’s family have also expressed concerns about how Greek police investigated his murder.

His aunt Rose Matthews has spoken of “flaws” in how officers gathered and secured evidence at the murder scene outside a nightclub.

The Voice is still awaiting comment from Greek criminal justice officials after a request was made through the Greek embassy in London.

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