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Briton appeals his detention

London-based human rights charity Fair Trials International has lodged an urgent application with the European Court of Human Rights claiming that Greece is breaching the fundamental rights of British citizen Andrew Symeou, who is currently being held at Korydallos Prison in Athens on suspicion of manslaughter. Symeou has twice been denied bail because he is not a Greek national. «Since his extradition this summer, Andrew Symeou has spent months in a Greek jail with no opportunity to clear his name,» said Jago Russell, chief executive of Fair Trials International. «The fact that he is a British national is not a justification for Greece to keep this young man behind bars.» Symeou, from London, was extradited to Greece in July charged with the manslaughter of Jonathon Hiles, who died after falling off a podium in a Zakynthos nightclub in May 2007. Symeou insists the evidence linking him to the death of the 18-year-old has been fabricated.