A Court of Appeals in Thessaloniki on Monday handed down a 6-month suspended sentence to four protesters arrested in the riots that erupted during the EU Summit meeting held in the city back in June 2003.

The four, Simon Chapman from the UK, Fernando Perez Gorraiz from Spain, Syrian Souleiman Dakdouk and a local man Mihalis Traikapis, had been released pending the Court of Appeals trial. A first instance court had sentenced them to prison terms ranging between 5-and-a-half and 8-and-a-half years.

Since last September, Traikapis is in custody accused of participating in an armed robbery in Evia, central Greece, and was represented in the Court of Appeals trial by his attorney.