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Grandmother moved to Greek prison

PUBLISHED: 11:07 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

A GRANDMOTHER accused of spying at a Greek air base has been moved to an overcrowded high-security prison with a reputation for violence.

Lesley Coppin, 51, from Mildenhall, and her husband Paul, 45, are among a party of 14 British and Dutch plane-spotters detained by the Greek authorities.

A GRANDMOTHER accused of spying at a Greek air base has been moved to an overcrowded high-security prison with a reputation for violence.

Lesley Coppin, 51, from Mildenhall, and her husband Paul, 45, are among a party of 14 British and Dutch plane-spotters detained by the Greek authorities.

Mrs Coppin was separated yesterday from the 11 British and two Dutch men, who were moved to a prison in southern Greece. They too have been accused of spying

The group had been held in police cells since their arrest at the Kalamata air base last week and had hoped to be released yesterday.

But they are still awaiting the outcome of an investigation by intelligence officers who are examining photographs they took.

The group's lawyer, Yiannis Nikiteas, said he has requested they should be temporarily released on bail, but he did not expect a decision on that application until Monday.

The 14 face felony charges of espionage and are considered flight risks as they are not permanent residents of Greece.

Greek authorities said Mrs Coppin had been transferred almost 150 miles away to the high-security Korydalos prison because it was the nearest with a female wing.

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