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    A British man is facing up to five years in prison for documenting police abuse of refugees in Calais.

    Tom Ciotkowski, from Stratford upon Avon, was charged with contempt and assault in the region after he recorded and challenged a French police officer who had reportedly pushed another volunteer.

    The 30-year-old, whose trial starts tomorrow at the Tribunal de Boulogne-sur-Mer in France, could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to €7,500 (£6,500).

    Human rights group Amnesty International has called for all charges against Mr Ciotkowski to be dropped, branding them “unjust” and “emblematic” of harassment and intimidation faced by volunteers in northern France.

    According to Amnesty, Mr Ciotkowski raised concerns about the behaviour of French riot police who were ID-checking volunteers trying to distribute food refugees, at which point an officer approached him and another female volunteer, who he hit with a baton.


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