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British man’s trial postponed again

The trial of Andrew Symeou, a British man accused of causing the death of a fellow tourist on Zakynthos in July 2007, has been postponed for a week after the court accepted his request to appoint a new interpreter.

The interpreter appointed by the court in Patra was deemed to be unable to accurately translate proceedings, so the session was adjourned until next Thursday.

Symeou has been charged with causing fatal injuries to Jonathan Hiles after allegedly punching him at a Zakythnos nightclub. The Londoner denies the charges.

British MEP Sarah Ludford, who has supported the Symeou family, blasted the failings of the Greek justice system and said she would be calling on the British government to file an official complaint.

“This fiasco is yet another disgraceful injustice,? said the Liberal Democrat Euro-deputy.

?I am raising with UK ministers including the Deputy Prime Minister [Nick Clegg] the very poor treatment Andrew is getting. I want them to make representations in Athens to the effect that either the Greek court system shapes up or Greece forfeits any right to hold Andrew in their country.”