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Action call over hunger striker
Simon Chapman during the protest
Briton Simon Chapman says evidence was planted
The Greek justice minister has intervened in the case of a Briton on hunger strike in a prison in Greece, his solicitor has told BBC News Online.

Simon Chapman, 30, from Basildon, Essex, is facing 25 years in prison after being arrested with anti-capitalist protesters at the European Union summit in Thessaloniki in June.

Mr Chapman was later charged with possessing Molotov cocktails, an axe and a hammer, but he says he had video evidence to prove they were planted on him.

Now Greek Justice Minister Philippos Petsalnikos has called for a speedy resolution of the case, Mr Chapman's solicitor George Ververis said.

Mr Ververis said he expected a decision on Mr Chapman's case to be made early next week.

He said another positive development was that a supreme court prosecutor Dimitris Linos has called for an inquiry into the police handling of the case.

"He has called on the public prosecutor to examine the situation and the way the police acted," said Mr Ververis.

Mr Chapman began his hunger strike on 5 October and this Sunday begins his eighth week without food.

On Friday his condition was described as "very serious".

The BBC's Richard Galpin
"He says a video shows the police placing a bag of petrol bombs next to him"

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