Sara Mardini, the aid worker charged with people smuggling after she hauled a boat to safety, says her trial will prove she has done nothing wrong
Sara Mardini is in a chipper mood. Freedom, the Syrian readily acknowledges, is a precious thing. For each of the 107 days she spent behind bars in Athens’ high-security Korydallos jail, she clung on to the hope that a trial would prove her innocence.
“There were times when I’d say, ‘I can’t do this any more’,” the refugee-turned rescue worker said shortly after her release this month. “My heart was very heavy.”