MP Stella Creasy has criticised the Foreign Office for not doing enough for the families of murder victims abroad.
Yesterday, the MP for Walthamstow joined the family of murdered Leyton teenager Tyrell Matthews-Burton at a vigil outside the Greek Embassy in London.
After meeting with his family, on what would have been his 20th birthday exactly one year after he was stabbed to death in Malia, Greece, Miss Creasy said she was frustrated that his family has to raise thousands of pounds just to access information about the trial.
The Greek legal system requires all parties to have a legal representative to secure information, including details of any charges, trial dates or participation in the process.
To date the legal fees have been estimated at £15,000. Victim Support have agreed to make a contribution of £7,500 for Sharon Matthews, Tyrells mother, which means she will have to raise the rest ahead of a trial likely in September 2014.
Miss Creasy said Sharon Matthews is a hard working, single mother who should not have the added stress of fundraising for access to a murder trial.
“Victim Support has kindly offered to pay half her fees, but that means without additional public support they have to raise thousands of pounds to find out even when the trial is or if anyone is being prosecuted," she added.
“If this was happened here in the UK to another British citizen we’d be furious at the possibility justice was being denied due to a lack of funds.”
Ms Creasy also asked the people of Waltham Forest to remember Mr Matthews-Burton.
She said: “Tyrell was a bright young man from Walthamstow with a great future before him who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“This is every parent’s worst nightmare when your child first goes on holiday alone.
“One year on we are struggling to try to make sure justice can be done for a grieving mother is compounding the sense of distress and bewilderment felt at the loss of Tyrell.”
Myles Litchmore-Dunbar, a 19-year-old model and university student, has been charged with the murder.
Miss Creasy has written to the government to request a guarantee Ms Matthews’ participation in the trial in accordance with the Victims Charter.