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Greece protester home for funeral
Simon Chapman during the protest
Simon Chapman has been allowed home for two weeks
A British man who is awaiting trial in Greece has been allowed to return to Essex for his father's funeral.

Simon Chapman's lawyer said the Greek authorities had granted him leave to come home for two weeks.

Mr Chapman, 30, of Basildon, Essex, was arrested for his part in anti-globalisation protests at the European Union summit in Thessaloniki in June 2003.

The Greek authorities said they found weapons and bombs in his bag.

Two weeks

Mr Chapman, one of seven people charged with possessing explosives during the summit, claims he was framed.

To protest, he staged a two-month hunger strike before being granted bail in November. He is expected to go on trial this year.

Now the Greek authorities have allowed him home for the funeral of his father, who died on Monday from leukaemia.

"In light of the death of his father on 29 December, the legal authorities have agreed to his request that he be allowed to leave Greece for two weeks," lawyer George Ververis said.

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