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Anger over Greek death 'delays'

Family criticise delays in investigation

The family of a teenager killed after an attack in a Greek nightclub say they are growing increasingly frustrated by the investigation into his death.

It is now 10 months since 18-year-old Jonathan Hiles, from Cardiff, was punched and then fell from a stage.

Greek authorities have identified their main suspect, another British tourist.

But the teenager's father says there is still no sign of an European arrest warrant, without which police in the UK are powerless to act.

"The British police say they can't do anything until the Greeks have finished with the case," explained Jonathan's father, Denzil Hiles.

"It's been 10 months. Nobody has told us anything apart from the investigation is ongoing."

Every day I go to the cemetery...it's ruined his girlfriend's life, and both myself and my wife are on medication."
Denzil Hiles

Police on the island of Zakynthos - also known as Zante - identified the main suspect in the case in November from CCTV footage and witness statements.

An arrest warrant has been issued in Greece for the individual, but it only applies within the country's boundaries.

If police in the UK are to act on the issue, a European arrest warrant must be made.

"They know who he is, they have witness statements saying who he is, and I feel it's incredible that the British police can't interview one of their own subjects," added Mr Hiles.

Talented

His son had only just arrived on holiday in Zakynthos when the attack took place.

The student had just completed his studies at Coleg Glan Hafren in Cardiff, and was a top ice and roller hockey player.

As well as being a member of the junior Cardiff Devils ice hockey team, he played roller hockey with both a puck and a ball across three different leagues.

The anniversary of his death is in July, and his father said the whole family remained devastated: "Every day I go to the cemetery. I spend more time there than I do here.

"It's ruined his girlfriend's life, and both myself and my wife are on medication."

"I just want justice for Jonathan."

However, officials have insisted that progress is being made, with the first arrest warrant being made in Greece.

Menya Papadopoulou from the Greek Embassy in London told BBC news: "We understand that the Greek authorities are doing their best to bring this case to justice.

"It is a matter of process."


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