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Humanitarian Workers in Pre-Trial Detention ‘an Injustice’ – Boylan

26 September, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

In response to the arrest of humanitarian workers Irishman Sean Binder and Syrian-born Sarah Mardini in Lesbos, Lynn Boylan MEP and Sinn Féin have called for their release as they await trial. They were both arrested in August in Lesbos, while working for a Greek humanitarian organisation helping refugees. 

Ms Boylan said:

“The pre-trial detention of two humanitarian workers is excessive given that they clearly pose no threat to the community.  Their arrest in Lesbos is also worrying, given the ongoing restrictions that NGOs helping refugees are facing across southern Europe. 

“I have contacted my fellow MEPs, who have signed a letter to the Greek Minister of Justice seeking an end to Sean and Sarah’s pre-trial detention. I have also written to the Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney calling on him to do all that is in his power to seek the same. I have also closely collaborated with my Greek colleagues, raising the case with the Minister of Justice and Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras. 

“My colleague Matt Carthy addressed the European Parliament in the last plenary session, raising the case of Sean and Sarah.”

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