Mold father 'petrified' at Greece extradition bid over 2003 crash

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A father from Mold said he is 'petrified' ahead of a hearing to decide whether he should be extradited to Greece 13 years after a crash while he was on holiday with his friends.

Paul Wright said he was shocked when police turned up at his door earlier this year to say he was under arrest in relation to the collision between a car and parked scooter in Malia in 2003.

The 34-year-old, who was 21 at the time, said he had been a passenger in a car driven by his friend who had offered to move it for a bar worker they had come to know during their break.

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Mr Wright, who lives in Mold, and is originally from Birmingham, said he later gave a witness statement to police about the crash in which no-one was injured, and thought the matter had been dealt with.

He said he was completely unaware a summons had been issued for him and a trial held three years later during which he was convicted in his absence.

The father-of-two, whose wife Ceri is expecting a third child in February, said he now feels he is being pressured to pay more than 4,000 euro to have the European Arrest Warrant withdrawn or face months in jail."I am petrified," he said.

Mr Wright, who previously worked as a wedding co-ordinator but is currently unemployed after having surgery on his spine, said he wanted to warn holidaymakers to ensure they get legal representation if they get in trouble abroad.

He said: "My biggest mistake was being young and ignorant and not asking for a solicitor, because if I had asked for a solicitor and had all the signed paperwork none of this would be happening now.

"The only thing I can hope for is that some good will come out of this and it will put a precedent on cases that are similar to mine and it will stop them from happening."

Mr Wright is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later today.