Plane Spotters Get Reimbursed For Bail Money
Plane spotters arrested, convicted and finally acquitted of espionage in Greece are now trying to get their bail money back. The plane-spotters, most of them British, were kept in jail for five weeks before being freed on £9,000 bail, which was never returned, even though they showed up for court. They were initially found guilty of the charges in a Greek court, but returned to Greece last April and had their convictions reversed on appeal. After a year of legal battles with lawsuits, the Greek authorities have finally agreed to repay the money to each of the 11 Britons and two Dutchmen. Paul Coppin told the East Anglia Daily Times he still doubts whether he will see the money again. "I still have absolutely no faith in the Greek authorities or legal system," he said. "I am still not 100 percent convinced we will get our money back. The judges have said we should get the money back in 20 days, but I still do not trust them or the Greek lawyers and authorities."