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Greece frees 'framed' protester
Simon Chapman during the protest
Simon Chapman was arrested during anti-capitalist protests
A British man accused of throwing Molotov cocktails during an anti-capitalism protest in Greece has been freed, his lawyer said.

Simon Chapman, 30, from Basildon, Essex, was arrested last June following riots at the European Union summit in Thessaloniki.

His lawyer, Stephen Jakobi, from Fair Trials Abroad, said Mr Chapman was released on Friday.

A court had accepted Mr Chapman had been set up, said Mr Jakobi.

Mr Jakobi said video evidence was presented to the court which showed Mr Chapman's bag changing from blue to a black bag containing the petrol bombs.

"He had a blue bag and it's quite clear that at some stage he was connected to a black dustbin liner full of leaky Molotov cocktails," he said.

"He was in the demo but he said he was peacefully demonstrating as is everybody's right to do throughout Europe."

Hunger strike

The Greek authorities claimed they had found weapons and bombs in his bag when they arrested him.

He and six other people were charged with possessing explosives.

Mr Chapman always said he had been framed.

In protest at his treatment he staged a two-month hunger strike.

Last November he was granted bail in November but had been expecting to go on trial later this year.

In January he was allowed home for two weeks when his father died.




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