Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is unlikely to face any jail time if he is found guilty of charges of aggravated assault and attempted bribery of a police officer, that’s according to a lawyer in Mykonos.
Maguire spent two nights in a Greece police custody after he was arrested during a holiday with family and friends on the Greek island of Mykonos.
The 27-year-old pleaded not guilty at a hearing on Saturday after allegedly being involved in an incident outside a bar. The case will be heard on Tuesday.
According to Greek website Mykonosvoice.gr, the charges against Maguire, getting into an altercation, were considered misdemeanours.
Under Greek law that means Maguire can be represented by his lawyers in court in a hearing, rather than appear in person.
“Bribes are very serious crimes in Greece,” said lawyer Zannis Panayotakopoulos.
“But I believe that it has become a misdemeanour. The highest sentence can be five years imprisonment and a fine. But most of these crimes have big and heavy fines and definitely not prison time. In Greece, in our legal system, we have second chances.” He said.
Maguire will be represented by Alexis Anagnostakis, one of Greece’s top human rights lawyers.
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By Ofhani Munyai