Clegg to meet Cardiff teenager Jonathan Hiles' family

Jonathan Hiles Jonathan Hiles represented the Great Britain roller hockey team

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has agreed to meet the family of a Cardiff 18-year-old who died in Greece in 2007.

It comes after the Liberal Democrat leader was criticised by Jonathan Hiles' father for meeting the family of a man accused of his manslaughter.

Cardiff North MP Jonathan Evans said Mr Clegg would now meet Denzil Hiles at a date to be fixed.

Andrew Symeou, 22, from Middlesex, is on bail awaiting trail for manslaughter, which he denies.

Mr Symeou's family met Mr Clegg last week.

They want the UK government to ask the Greek authorities to ensure his trial takes place as soon as possible as they have been told it will not happen until March 2011.

If it cannot be brought forward they also asked for Mr Symeou to be allowed to return to the UK on bail on the understanding he goes back to Greece next year for the trial.

Mr Hiles, who was in Britain's roller hockey team, was on holiday in July 2007 in Zakynthos - also known as Zante - when he died.

He fell off a dance podium after losing consciousness when he was punched hard in the face, it is alleged.

The 18-year-old suffered a severe brain injury and died two days later.

Mr Symeou, who denies being in the nightclub at the time, was extradited to Greece in July 2009.

His father Frank said: "My deepest sympathies go out to the Hiles family, but we are fighting for the same thing - the soonest trial date possible and for justice.

"There is no acceptable reason for the delay and if the trial had proceeded on the 4 June as originally planned then all this would have been over by now."

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