How hard would you fight to free the one you love?
Mark Marku is serving 18 years for a series of violent armed robberies in Crete. His Irish wife Julie says she can prove his innocence, but the prosecution have eye witness testimonies and DNA evidence. What happened in the Mark Marku case?
This film follows Mark’s Irish wife Julie, and her parents Bill and Phyl O’Reilly as they work with Mark’s lawyer Leonidas Pegiadis and members of the Irish Innocence Project to clear Mark’s name in the gruelling and costly appeal process.
Directors statement (spoiler alert): 26 June 2015
This is a work in progress. Its been a year since Mark Marku’s appeal was denied. In that time I’ve been hoping to tell this story with the quality a proper budget allows. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet. Mark Marku cannot apply to the Greek Supreme Court until the five judge Heraklion Court of Appeal chaired by Chief Judge Papatheodorou releases a written justification for upholding the convictions. The delay of a full year is significant, that is why I’m telling this story now.
I heard about the case through the media. When I learned there was eyewitness testimonies, and more importantly DNA evidence, placing Mark at the scene of these crimes, I had many doubts. But as the court documents were translated it became compelling that there were procedural irregularities in the prosecutions gathering of evidence.
All of the facts raised in the film were presented by Mark’s defence at the appeal, so it was surprising when the five court judge upheld the convictions against Mark Marku.