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Otley man found innocent - but he's still being held in Greek jail

Fran Prenger

A plumber from Otley is still being held in a Greek jail despite being found innocent 7 days ago. Fran Prenga has been in prison for more than five months. He was accused of 70 armed robberies after being a victim of mistaken identity.

A paperwork blunder means he could have to stay in jail for several months.


Otley man could be held for up to a month despite being cleared of crimes

A man from Otley who has been cleared of more than 70 armed robberies in Greece could remain in prison for another month.

Fran and Louise Prenga

Fran Prenga was found innocent of the crimes at a court in Athens, but despite being a free man it emerges that the court failed to complete some paperwork, which means Mr Prenga remains behind bars.

It is a requirement under Greek Law that forms are sent to the prison concerned to aid release. However, a strike in Greece meant this has not happened. Mr Prenga could now be in prison for up to a month before all documentation is finalised.


Developments in case of man jailed in Greece

The wife of a man from West Yorkshire, who's been locked up in a foreign jail because he claims an armed robber has stolen his identity to carry out dozens of bank raids, has stepped up her campaign to prove he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Fran Prenga has been in prison in Greece for nine weeks. Michael Billington reports.

Call for Government help to free jailed man

The family of a man from West Yorkshire - locked up in Greece for armed robberies he insists he didn't commit - has been to the Foreign Office - in the fight to clear his name. Fran Prenga is accused of 72 raids - but says he must have had his identity stolen, or been set-up by the

real criminals. his wife, Louise has been to ask the Minister for Europe for help to get him released.

Fight to free Fran from Greek jail

Fran Prenga Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The fight to free a West Yorkshire man accused of carrying out dozens of armed robberies in Greece is being taken to Westminster. Fran Prenga from Otley says he's innocent and now his family are travelling to the Foreign Office to try and persuade the Government to help get him released.

His wife Louise and MP Greg Mulholland will meet Foreign Office minister David Liddington to discuss the case in a bid to persuade the Government to step in. Mr Prenga was arrested back in May - while on holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Police say they'd been hunting him for years. After his arrest - officers took him to a prison near Athens - the city where the robberies are said to have taken place. He's due to stand trial in September but his family want him to be released on bail.

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