Greek prosecution lawyer slams Harry Maguire’s account of Mykonos arrest

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A Greek prosecution lawyer has questioned Harry Maguire's account of the night he was arrested.

Ioannis Paradissis, who led the prosecution against the Manchester United defender, has called the details of the arrest given by Maguire as ‘ridiculous’.

The former Leicester man was found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and bribery following an altercation in Mykonos last week, after he had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The 27-year-old, who is now considered innocent ahead of a retrial, has stated that he will not be apologising for his part in the altercation, and that he feared for his life.

Paradissis has also asked why the BBC didn’t press him on some of the answers he gave, with focus on an incident that is alleged to have involved Maguire’s sister Daisy.

He told Mail Online: “I’ve seen and read what Maguire said and it's ridiculous and only adds further insult to the harm he caused the policemen he attacked and the Greek justice system as a whole.

“Maguire claims that he feared he was being kidnapped yet his response is to run away and call his agent, leaving behind his fiance, brothers and sister and childhood friends.

“Even if you accepted this as true, which I don't, these are not the actions of an honourable man.

“If I was his fiance or any of the others in the group, I would be very angry with him for leaving them behind and would want him to do some explaining.”

After Maguire had told the BBC on Thursday: “I’m really confident the truth will be told.”

Before saying: “My initial thought was that we are being kidnapped.

“We got on our knees and put our hands in the air and then they just started hitting us in the legs saying my career's over, no more football, you won't play again.

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“And at this point I thought there was no chance these are police, I don't know who they are, so I tried to run away, I feared for my life.”

Maguire said when asked about his status with United and England: “I don't feel like I owe an apology to anybody, an apology is for when you've done something wrong.

“I regret being in the situation. Obviously the situation's made it difficult.

"I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world so I regret putting the fans and the club through this.”

  • Manchester United FC
  • Harry Maguire
  • Premier League
  • BBC

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