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Court grants Britons bail

A court in Iraklio, Crete, late on Tuesday granted bail to five British men accused of brutally attacking another Briton while on holiday on the island two years ago. The five men, all aged between 20 and 22, are accused of stabbing, assaulting with broken bottles and stomping on the head of Robert Hughes, a former semiprofessional soccer player, outside a nightclub in June of 2008. Hughes spent three months in an Iraklio hospital, where he underwent three lifesaving surgeries. His alleged attackers, who deny all charges, were extradited to Greece last week after being detained in Britain on European arrest warrants in December. The Iraklio court has ordered them to each pay between 3,000 and 12,000 euros in bail. A sixth suspect, aged 20, will face a separate extradition hearing next month. He also denies being involved in the alleged attack.