We try to keep the costs as low as possible, but still the legal and travel fees have been crippling. For transparency and to ensure we have a paper trail of all expenses related to fighting this case we established a trust under the name “Justice for Mark and Andreas”.
Every cent is gratefully appreciated. Donations can be made by bank transfer to:
IBAN: IE16 AIBK 9335 7047 6880 41 BIC: AIBKIE2D
Sort Code: 93 35 70 Account no: 47 68 80 41
Donations can also be made by PayPal by credit or debit card (see sidebar) PayPal charge us a flat rate of €0.35 per transaction plus 3.4% of the transaction value, so if at all possible please use Bank Transfers as they are more cost effective and will help us reach our goal much faster. People can now support us in our attempt to continue to fund Mark and Andreas’s defense and fight for freedom.
Dear All, 15th June 2014
The last four years have been extremely harrowing, and since we started the public campaign it became a life consuming exercise. Between all the meetings, public protests, canvassing political and diplomatic sources, constantly hitting brick walls and having to find a new corner to turn. However the hardest and most worrying thing was how were we going to be able to afford all this. And as time past by, and we realized the situation we found ourselves in was not going to go away anytime soon, it became imperative that we start raising funds. It has been a hard slog, and thanks to the generosity of so many people we have managed to keep our heads above water.
We and the legal and expert witness teams have had to travel to Crete three times since last December alone, and once again we have to return for the 27th June for what we hope will be the final chapter. So still the costs are spiraling. So despite all the financial support we have received from family, friends, acquaintances and total strangers, the financial crisis still hangs over us.
A big thank you to all who have helped.
Julie Marku and her Family
YOU CAN HELP BY:
Organize a fund-raising event. Remember that small events are much easier to organize, and are often more productive. A raffle at a local bingo event, a church collection or a simple collection among work colleagues in a big office or work-place can be very fruitful with very little work, but as we have found out, trying to organize something big like a golf classic can be a totally fruitless failure.
Support our upcoming fundraising events which will be advertised on this website and the campaign Facebook page.
Please remember every little bit helps and your continued support is truly appreciated. Mark’s and Andreas’ legal fees & expenses have cost over €120,000 to date. There long awaited appeal was set for the 4th December 2013 (almost 2 years after their wrongful conviction) however the 5 member council of Judges postponed the hearing for a further 5 months. This “non-Appeal” cost us €15,000 and we came away with nothing. The appeal eventually started in early May, a roller-coaster of emotion over a ten day period only to be deferred mid-trial for a further three weeks. The appeal resumed on Friday 6th June, only to be deferred once again for three weeks until Friday 27th June, thus piling on the expenses. We sincerely hope this date is going to bring an end to our ordeal.
**Unfortunately the shock verdict at Mark’s appeal on 27th June 2014 means that the legal fees and costs are going to continue to spiral. If you have ideas of things that you can do to fund-raise, we can provide leaflets t-shirts etc for your event. Remember it doesn’t have to be a big event. One of the easiest things to organize is a church-gate collection in your local area. It only needs a few hours, a few volunteers, and most importantly of all, Garda Siocheana permission. Remember a lot of small events will mount up over time.**
If you are organizing an event on a public street or door to door that requires Garda permission,we will provide a copy of the trust document to show what your fund-raising is for.
The Irish Innocence Project have been assisting us in our fight for Mark and Andreas’s freedom and have enlisted the services of a DNA & Criminal Justice expert from Idaho, Dr Greg Hampikian, who traveled to Crete from the USA on two occasions in order to be called as a witness for Mark at the appeal. He eventually gave his testimony on Wednesday 14th May last. This was huge step to ensuring justice for our family.
We are extremely grateful for all donations, big or small, whether it is €1 or €1000, it all makes an incredible difference in exonerating Mark and Andreas. Justice should never be determined by personal wealth but unfortunately if the money is not available, regardless of their innocence, they will never be acquitted.
Thank you, Mark, Andreas and their families.