Campaign launched to free Trinity College graduate being held in Greece on espionage charges
Seán Binder, a graduate of Dublin's Trinity College, is being held in Greece on several charges, including espionage, being a member of a criminal organisation and money laundering.
Many in Ireland are now fighting for the release of Binder, 24, who was arrested alongside Sarah Mardini, while working with a humanitarian charity in Greece called Emergency Response Centre International.
According to Free Humanitarians, "Seán Binder & Sarah Mardini are two humanitarian workers who have been arrested and detained by Greek Authorities.
"Sean decided to volunteer in Lesbos soon after finishing his studies. He has extensive experience volunteering in organisations and with causes he is passionate about."
Seán Binder, a German national, graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, has lived in Ireland all his life.
"During his studies in Dublin he volunteered with St Vincent De Paul and Amnesty Ireland. On Lesbos, Sean volunteered as a lifeguard and first responder on Search and Rescue missions of a Greek non-profit humanitarian organisation."
“There is no evidence whatsoever that they have committed even one of the offences they are accused of,” his lawyer Haris Petsikas told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “On many of the dates when they are supposed to have committed offences they were not even (in Greece).”
The Binder and Mardini families have released a statement thanking people for their support, and expressing their trust that justice will prevail: "Both families are working hard to make sure both get the best care and support they can on all levels."