The Mardini family are Syrian Christians, not Muslims. Sarah Mardini's sister Yusra was an Olympic swimmer.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yusra_Mardinihttps://twitter.com/NJoseph4/status/1460980394053050372
Volunteers who worked on Lesbos, including Sarah Mardini, face spying charges that could see them jailed for years.https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/17/activists-in-greece-face-charges-for-assisting-incoming-refugees
Syrian ‘hero’ swimmer among dozens facing trial in Greece
Volunteers who worked on Lesbos, including Sarah Mardini, face spying charges that could see them jailed for years.
Syrian refugee swimmer Sarah Mardini, right, and her sister Yusra were roundly celebrated for assisting refugees in peril at sea [File: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters]
By Katy Fallon
Published On 17 Nov 2021
Athens, Greece – Sarah Mardini, the Syrian competitive swimmer who was hailed as a hero for saving refugees in peril at sea, is among dozens of humanitarian workers in Greece facing charges that could see them imprisoned for decades.
The trial of the 24 defendants, who worked on the Greek island of Lesbos assisting vulnerable people arriving on Europe’s shores, is set to begin on Thursday.
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They were members of an NGO, the Emergency Response Center International (ERCI), a search-and-rescue group that operated on the Greek island from 2016 to 2018.
They face up to eight years in prison for state-secret espionage and disclosure and 25 years in jail for charges including smuggling and money laundering.
Amnesty International has called the accusations “unfair and baseless”.