Footballer Robert Hughes

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor please update me on the work he has been doing on the tragic case of Robert Hughes, my constituent, who was savagely attacked in Malia, Crete on June 17, which left Robert fighting for his life.


Answer for Footballer Robert Hughes

Answer for Footballer Robert Hughes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This relates to the very sad case of Robert Hughes who was attacked in Crete by people known to him, it seems, and it seems very likely that the people in question are back in this country; that seems to be the allegation at any rate. What Mrs Hughes and the rest of Robert's family want is of course for the Greek authorities to get on and extradite the suspects back to Crete, back to Heraklion where they can face trial. I have been in contact with Mrs Hughes - Mrs Hughes obviously contacted me - and I have contacted the Greek authorities about this in the UK and the police in London are also doing what they can to make the Greeks aware of the evidence they have and I have raised the matter this morning with the Greek Tourism Minister, Mr Aris Spiliotopoulos, who says he is going to be taking it up himself.

Richard Tracey (AM): Madam Chair, I know our colleague, Steve O'Connell, and the parents will be extremely grateful for what you are doing. Can I just say, will you leave no stone unturned to get this ridiculous legal loophole sorted out, which has seemingly allowed justice to pass us by?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Dick, yes, your point is well made and that is exactly the point I made this morning to Mr Spiliotopoulos who was very understanding actually and said he would get onto it right away. The difficulty is, from the point of view of the Greek authorities, that the victim, Robert Hughes, is in a very bad way but he has been flown back to England and none of the suspects for this crime are currently on Greek soil, so they have to go to the trouble and expense of extraditing them to Greece to face justice, but it is vital for the sake of justice that they do this and that Robert's family get and Robert Hughes himself gets the justice they deserve.

Richard Tracey (AM): Thank you.

Jennette Arnold (Chair): OK, the next question is from Jenny Jones on the Thames Estuary Airport and there is a request that you give a very quick answer.