- Harry Maguire was found guilty of assaulting an officer and attempted bribery
- The defender continues to pledge his innocence and appealed to clear his name
- But his day in court has been delayed again as a result of a legal strike in Greece
Harry Maguire‘s long-awaited retrial in Greece for assault and attempted bribery has been shelved for more than a year and may never take place, according to a report.
Manchester United and England defender Maguire’s hearing was finally expected to take place this month on the island of Mykonos before a legal strike caused a delay.
It has now been over three years since Maguire, 30, was holidaying with a group including his wife, Fern Hawkins, his sister Daisy and his brother Joe.
After an alleged altercation, Maguire was arrested and later found guilty of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and attempted bribery.
He had been held by the police and spent two nights in a cell before appearing in court, where his lawyers were given just two hours to prepare their case.
Harry Maguire’s long-awaited Greek retrial has reportedly been shelved for more than a year
Maguire was handed a 21-month suspended sentence for his alleged involvement in a brawl
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Maguire was handed a 21-month suspended sentence for his alleged involvement in a brawl, though his lawyers lodged an appeal – quashing the original verdict.
The legal strike led to the postponement of the retrial, however, and The Sun have claimed that it is not expected to take place until next March at the earliest.
Prosecution lawyer Yannis Paradisis, speaking before the date of the retrial was pencilled in, told The Guardian: ‘The case is going to be adjourned.
‘The strike has meant court proceedings cannot take place.’
Paradisis represents two of the police officers who alleged that Maguire, formerly United’s captain, kicked and punched them on the island.
Manchester United defender Maguire has been made to wait over three years to clear his name
He said his clients were ‘patient men’ and added: ‘They are professionals and they know that justice [in this country] can take a long time.’
Officials, though, are said to be reluctant to press on with the case due to concerns it has damaged the island’s reputation and dealt a blow to tourism.
A source told The Sun: ‘Harry has – and always will – contest the charges.
‘He was on holiday with friends and family and was understandably distraught. He doesn’t want this hanging over him another day but respects the legal system.’
Maguire claimed that the alleged altercation began outside the Bonbonniere bar after Daisy was injected with an unknown substance by two strangers.
Maguire was found guilty of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and attempted bribery
His hearing has been pushed back and may never take place because of a legal strike in Greece
He added that, despite wanting to take her to a hospital, he was taken to a police station and beaten. Worried he was part of a kidnap attempt, Maguire tried to flee.
‘Some people will believe me, some people won’t,’ he told The Times in November 2022. ‘But one thing I would say about Mykonos is that I have no regrets.
‘I don’t worry about what the outcome is going to be. I don’t worry about anything to do with it because my conscience is so clear about what happened that night.
‘The people who were there that night, we all understand what went on.’