Planespotters to face reduced charges

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The 12 British planespotters being held in Greece accused of spying have been granted bail and told that they should face less serious charges.

The 12 British planespotters being held in Greece accused of spying have been granted bail and told that they should face less serious charges.

The dozen Britons and two Dutchmen have been in prison for more than a month after being arrested for taking photographs at a military airbase near the southern town of Kalamat.

They will be released on bail if they can raise the total set at around £9,000. If the group do face less the less serious misdemeneaour accusations of accessing national secrets then the case could be dealt with fairly rapidly, with a fine the most probable outcome.

The Greek prosecution had wanted every member of the group to face far more serious charges which carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.

Ron Arnold, the father of one of the people being held, said: "I'm overwhelmed that common sense has started to prevail and hopefully we can get this money out there."

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