Is Sarah Mardini Still In Jail? Arrested And Charged For Smuggling, Espionage And Fraud In Greece

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Is Sarah Mardini still in jail? Fans of the Olympic swimmer are concerned as she was arrested for smuggling, forgery, espionage, unlawful use of radio frequencies, and fraud.

Yusra Mardini OLY is a Syrian swimmer based in Hamburg, Germany.

She was also a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team (ROT), which participated under the Olympic flag at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016. 

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Mardini was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on April 27, 2017. She kept practicing with her instructor, Sven Spannenkrebs of Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 in Berlin, hoping to make the Olympics. 

Is Sarah Mardini Still In Jail? Arrested And Charged For Smuggling

Sara is not currently imprisoned. If she is found guilty of the allegations against her, she may face up to 20 years in jail.

Sara, together with Seán Binder, returned to court in Greece in November 2022 after being granted entry.

Sarah Mardini at an award show (Source: Isismagazine)

“Today, they [Sara and Seán] stand before the inquisitor and the prosecution to affirm that they have nothing to contribute to the inquiry.” “Both have stated that they do not,” Sara’s cause, Free Humanitarians, stated concerning her return to court.

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She was released after 107 days in prison by her attorneys, who raised €5,000 (£4,450) in bond.

“I was arrested because I was handing over water and blankets and translating for the refugees arriving every night on the [Lesbos] shoreline,” she explained in a TED interview.

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Because of her arrest, she could not attend Bard College in Berlin, where she had received a scholarship.

Sara is still fighting, even though the case against her has severely impacted her mental health.

“The number of people who banded together and spoke up for me when my freedom was taken away,” Sara told Vogue about what keeps her going during these trying times.

What Happened To Sarah Mardini? Was She Arrested For Espionage And Fraud In Greece

According to reports, Sara was charged with smuggling, forgery, espionage, unlawful use of radio frequencies, and fraud. Sara has been unwavering in believing she is innocent since her arrest.

They volunteered for a Lesvos-based sea search and rescue organization, where they assisted people in distress at sea. 

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They were imprisoned for spying, people smuggling, and belonging to a criminal organization before being released on bail in December 2018 while awaiting trial.

The trial against her and her group began in November 2021 in Greece and is still ongoing. She appeared in a Greek court in November 2022 to maintain her innocence. Sara faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

Why Did Sara Mardini Stop Swimming? Where Is She Now?

Sara and Yusra Mardini have aspired to be Olympians since they were little. When the Syrian civil war threatened their lives, they felt that ending up in Germany would be the greatest option to survive and achieve their goals.

They had to swim for three hours from the Turkish coast to Lesbos, a Greek island. Swimming was an important part of Sara’s life, but she had to give it up owing to a shoulder injury.

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Yusra wanted Sara to join her team when she got to compete in 2016, which was Rio Olympics as part of the Refugee Olympic Team, but Sara had stopped swimming.

According to reports, she was in “physical and emotional pain” after relocating to Germany, which influenced her decision to end her professional swimming career.

Categories: Athlete
Source: asian.edu.vn

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