Fair Trials International (Details a little muddled)
Dail Debate about Mark July 2012
Meeting with Kosovar Delegation
I had the fantastic opportunity to meet with three members of the Republic of Kosovo Assembly last Saturday evening. The group had traveled to Baltinglass to discuss issues concerning the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state and form links with Carlow IT. I contact my local TD’s to request the opportunity to meet with them and it was granted.
The meeting was a great success, with Mr. Elmi Recica, promising to present our case to his close contacts in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Albania and insist they take a serious interest in our case. I am hopeful that this, along with the media coverage our March for Justice got in Albania, as well as Prime Minister Berisha’s statement on television that the Albanian Government must take care of its citizens in Greece that there will be some sort of positive action taken before the appeal.
Clonakilty Human Rights Group
Bev Cotton of the Clonakilty Human Rights group has written a second article and plans to circulate it among several boards and forums. The link to the article is
A big thank you to Bev and his wife who are working hard to raise awareness about our case.
Meeting with Sinn Fein
I met with Sean Crowe TD from Sinn Fein last week, who has taken on the information about our case and agreed to join forces with the Socialist party and members of Fianna Fail who are already assisting us on this case. I hope to plan a joint meeting with all offices on my return from Crete after the 13th.
We, accompanied by Mr. Paul Murphy MEP, met the Greek Ambassador today to present a petition of 2341 signatures, a letter of support from 26 Irish political figures and a letter to the Ambassador, the Greek Prime Minister and the Minister for Justice.
The meeting was not a “pleasant” experience with the Ambassador refusing to discuss our concerns. However she did make several quite unbelievable remarks, the most shocking, “The Greek courts are ALWAYS right and ALWAYS follow EU law” Even more outrageous was when we attempted to respond to her comment, she refused to allow us to speak dismissing us because “she was not discussing it”. I felt like I was being chastised by the principal and to say my father and I were insulted and infuriated would be an understatement.
We plan to march to the embassy this Saturday 20th October from The Dail, starting 12 noon (see below for details). Hope to see you there.
Clonakilty Human Right Group support our MARCH FOR JUSTICE
A big thank you to Bev Cotton for creating a blog about our campaign and helping to raise support for our march this Saturday. Read the blog here:
We will be marching from Dail Eireann, Kildare Street to the Department of Foreign Affairs on Stephen’s Green and onto the the Greek Embassy to highlight this gross injustice by the Greek Justice system and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs lack of support or even interest in helping to end our nightmare.
Date: 20th October 2012
Start Time: 12 noon
SOCIALIST PARTY SUPPORT
From the outset of this nightmare Mr. Liam Aylward MEP and Mr. Billy Timmins TD have endeavoured to assist us in any way possible. Since January 2011 many others have joined them to highlight the gross miscarriage of justice carried out by the Cretan Court.
At present we are working alongside MEP Paul Murphy and the Socialist Party. Next Thursday the 18th October 2012 Mr. Murphy and our campaign will meet with the Greek Ambassador to Ireland when we will present the petition of over 2000 signatures as well as a letter of support with 50 signatures of political figures across all parties.
On Saturday the 20th of October 2012 we will hold a MARCH FOR JUSTICE from Dail Eireann to the Greek Embassy to highlight this gross injustice by the Greek Justice system and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs lack of support or even interest in helping to end our nightmare.
We have also met with Independent TD Ms. Maureen O’Sullivan who has attempted to secure an opportunity with for our campaign to meet with the Oireachtas Committee for Foreign Affairs. However this request was refused this week with the committee offering instead to send a letter to the Albanian Embassy in London, asking them to keep them informed of any progress in the case. We will re-submit the request again.
The Irish Innocence Project
Since July 2012, Julie has been in discussion with The Irish Innocence Project, from Griffith College. At present they are undertaking the task of gathering the evidence we already have, however in a format that the Department of Foreign Affairs can authenticate it with an Apostille.
Fair Trials International
Mark and Andreas defence counsel is currently in discussions with Fair Trials International in the hope of gaining extra support, exposure and expertise to aid their case.The following is a letter recently received from Fair Trials International confirming they will support our political campaign.
Click here to read Fair Trials Letter in .pdf. Mark’s Defence Counsel The following is a letter from Mark’s Counsel to Mark’s Father-in-Law shortly after the trial. Click here to read the letter in .pdf.