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Is Greece’s trial of aid workers politically motivated?

A group of aid workers is on trial in Greece, accused of spying, among other charges.

More than two dozen aid workers from different nations are facing trial on the Greek island of Lesbos.

They are accused of helping people reach Greece.

Among them is Syrian refugee Sarah Mardini, who was granted asylum in Germany and is the sister of Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini.

The two came under the international spotlight in 2015, when they dragged their boat to safety for kilometres after its engine failed.

They all stand accused of spying, people-smuggling and money laundering, among other charges. Some could face up to 25 years in prison.

They say they were only helping other fellow humans.

Is this politically motivated?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Giorgos Kosmopoulos – Senior campaigner on migration at Amnesty International

Marianna Karakoulaki – Journalist and researcher focusing on refugees and far-right movements in Greece

Pieter Cleppe – Editor of Brussels Report.EU