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UK plane-spotters vow to clear name in Greece

LONDON (Reuters) – Twelve British plane-spotters who were held in a Greek jail for a month after being accused of spying said yesterday they were determined to clear their names in a forthcoming court case. «We are going to fight to clear our name – however long that takes,» Steven Rush said after the group met Britain’s Foreign Office Minister Baroness Amos. The 12 were arrested on November 8 with two Dutch nationals after allegedly taking pictures at a military air base. Amos said Britain had pressed for «speed and transparency» in the Greek judicial process – answering a plea from the group for an early trial. «I have listened to their concerns and reassured them of our continued support, and our commitment to provide further consular assistance,» she said in a statement. The group spent 37 days in jail before being released on bail last month. «The plane-spotters suffered a terrible ordeal in the Greek prisons,» said European Parliament member Richard Howitt, who has championed their cause. Although not widely available in record shops, the maxi-single is getting airplay on both sides of the ceasefire line where bicultural rhythms are practically non-existent.