What about Justice for My Jonathan? Grieving Dad Speaks out over Human Rights Campaign

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What about Justice for My Jonathan? Grieving Dad Speaks out over Human Rights Campaign


Byline: David James

THE grieving dad of holiday death teenager Jonathan Hiles today broke his silence about the human rights campaign of the man accused of his son's manslaughter.

Denzil Hiles, 58, of Cardiff, has kept quiet since 19-year-old Andrew Symeou was held under a European Arrest Warrant issued by Greek police investigating the tragedy last summer on the island of Zakynthos.

Nationwide television and radio coverage has recently focused on the Symeou family's claim that the proposed extradition of Bournemouth University student Andrew breaches his human rights.

But Mr Hiles, of Evansfield Road, Llandaff North, today said that seeing the man accused of Jon's manslaughter fighting to avoid facing a trial in Greece had put Jon's family and girlfriend under immense stress. It has even led some family members to attack him for not speaking out.

He revealed he asked the Symeou campaigners to stop using Jonathan's name on their placards which read: "Justice for Andrew: Justice for Jonathan."

Mr Hiles said: "This has shook me pretty bad. I'm bad most days but this has really got to me. We asked them to take those placards down. We want justice for Jonathan. Andrew has to stand trial to get justice. If he is innocent, he will be found innocent. If not he will be found guilty. Human rights have nothing to do with it."

The campaign to stop Andrew facing trial in Greece - where he fears he could be kept in jail before a trial is held and not treated fairly by police - has gathered nearly 4,000 signatures online and the support of his MP and other politicians in Enfield, London.

It is being treated as a test case about new EU arrest warrants, which allow suspects in serious crimes to be extradited to the country where they are alleged to have committed the crime, without evidence being presented first in their home state. …

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