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Son acquitted of murder charges
Ryan Johnson
Police and prosecutors can now appeal against the decision
Charges have been dropped against a Cornishman accused of murdering his parents in Crete.

Ryan Johnson, 33, has been on bail unable to leave the Greek island since 2006 when his parents Terry, 53, and Josephine, 54, were strangled there.

The dance teacher denied the charges, and people in his home village of Newlyn have raised money to help him.

Greek prosecutors now have 30 days in which to appeal against the country's Counsel of Judges' acquittal.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the Foreign Office told the force he had been officially acquitted of the murder.

He said: "At present Devon and Cornwall Police are not investigating any allegations concerning Mr Ryan Johnson and do not seek to speak to him about any current investigations."

Catherine Wolthuizen, chief executive of the charity Fair Trials Abroad, said Greek prosecutors had formally recommended dropping the charges as there was no motive or evidence connecting him to the crime.

Mr and Mrs Johnston were found stabbed and strangled with a washing line at their home in Almyrida in north-west Crete on 12 March 2006.


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