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Man home after time in Greek prison

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A lawyer who once represented the father of a Winnipeg man who has spent the last 15 years in a Greek prison is "elated" at reports Kevin Hiebert is now free and back in Canada.

CBC reported Hiebert arrived at Pearson International Airport in Toronto Thursday afternoon.

He was arrested in 1999 and convicted for trying to smuggle cocaine through the Netherlands.

The next years were full of legal battles as Hiebert tried to get his sentence transferred to Canada but was denied first by Greek authorities, then by Canadian authorities.

Lawyer Michael Mercury advised Hiebert's father, Dick, while the case was ongoing. He had not heard Thursday about Hiebert's return to Canada but said it was great news.

"Hallelujah, he's back. That's wonderful... he should have been back a long time ago," Mercury said.

Not getting Hiebert back into Canada took a huge toll on the family, he said. Hiebert's parents separated and Hiebert's mother suffered a nervous breakdown after Hiebert's sentencing. She died of leukemia in 2012.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 20, 2014 A8

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