Greek court rejects charges against aid workers

MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — A court on the Greek island of Lesbos has rejected charges against a group of aid workers and volunteers who participated in migrant rescue operations, ruling on procedural grounds to return the case to the prosecution for refiling. The case, in which 24 people – 17 foreigners and seven Greeks – were charged over their work with migrants newly arriving on Lesbos, has drawn widespread criticism from human rights organizations. The defendants have argued they were doing nothing more than assisting people whose lives were at risk. Those on trial include prominent Syrian human rights worker Sarah Mardini, a refugee and competitive swimmer whose sister Yusra Mardini was part of the refugee Olympic swimming team. The sisters’ story was made into a Netflix movie.