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Pressure put on Greeks over brutal yob attack

PUBLISHED: 16:05 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:39 16 August 2010

MPs have rallied Greek police to prosecute alleged British yobs who brutally assaulted and left for dead a footballer on holiday in Crete. Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake asked Parliament for the British and Greek police to work together in prose

MPs have rallied Greek police to prosecute alleged British yobs who brutally assaulted and left for dead a footballer on holiday in Crete.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake asked Parliament for the British and Greek police to work together in prosecuting five yobs who allegedly attacked Robbie Hughes, 27, in June this year.

Mr Hughes, who was about to be signed to Bromley Football Club before the assault, had his head stamped on and was bottled during the frenzied attack outside a nightclub in Malia.

The alleged perpetrators were allowed to fly back to Britain due to a loophole in Greek law.

His MP, Mr Brake, said: "Clearly this was an appalling incident and those who are responsible have not been brought to account. I want to put pressure on the Greek authorities to set up a trial and for those who are alleged to be involved to attend court. Justice should be done.

"I hope to flush out supporters and look for other MPs to back the campaign. I will be talking to people and sending emails to get support for the motion to try secure a debate with the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers. I am confident that this will happen before the end of this year."

Mr Hughes, who spent more than three months in a Greek hospital and underwent four serious skull operations, is now making a recovery at home in Surrey.

His mother, Maggie Hughes, has fought endlessly to bring her son's attackers to justice and has launched a campaign to help other victims abroad.

Mr Hughes attended the Bromley FC vs Hendon football match at Hayes Lane last Saturday where Bromley were defeated 6-5 on penalties.

A fundraiser, including an auction and live performance from boy band Storm, will take place at the Hilton Hotel, in Purley Way, on November 13.

Tickets cost £20 and are available from The Hilton Hotel or email support.rob.hughes@hotmail.co.uk or mag_blue_tara@yahoo.co.uk.

For details about the campaign see the Robert Hughes (Support him and his family) group on www.facebook.com

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