A British father acquitted of raping his own daughter on the Greek island of Crete has been photographed with her.
Philip Forsyth has told how he celebrated his release from prison by eating a barbecue and drinking a bottle of beer.
Mr. Forsyth, 62, was arrested in the tourist town of Malia after his daughter Tami said she was raped after a drunken night out with him on June 9.
She bravely waived her right to anonymity to MailOnline, protesting his innocence and highlighting police failings in the case.
Mr Forsyth spent almost a month in custody but was released from prison in Tripoli, on the Greek mainland, on Wednesday night after DNA samples showed he was not the attacker.
After meeting a tearful Tammy, Mr Forsyth exclusively told MailOnline: ‘The first thing I said to her was, ‘I love you. I am very sorry for what happened and I will never let anyone hurt you like that again.’
“We hugged and cried for a very long time. It was all very emotional.”
British father Philip Forsyth, who was acquitted of raping his own daughter Tammy on the Greek island of Crete, was pictured reuniting with her in Heraklion, Crete, today
Philip Forsyth has told how he celebrated his release from prison by eating a barbecue and drinking a bottle of beer. Pictured: Mr Forsyth with his daughter Tammy after his release
Philip Forsyth pictured with his daughter Tammy after they were reunited following his release from prison
He added: “Afterwards I had a lovely barbecue and washed it down with a bottle of beer because I hadn’t had a decent meal in almost a month. It tasted amazing and was one of the best feelings in the world along with being a free man and back with my daughter.
“The whole experience was hell, the worst I’ve ever been through and it was driving me crazy. It has left me devastated and devastated and I am very angry at the way my daughter and I have been treated.’
Mr Forsyth, 62 (pictured with Tammy), spent almost a month in custody but was released from prison in Tripoli, on the Greek mainland, on Wednesday night after DNA samples taken from him showed he was not the attacker
Tami, 33, who was waiting for her father in a hotel in Crete, cried: “I was standing on the balcony looking at him and when I saw him I shouted: ‘Dad, I’m here.’ I love you.’
“I rushed to hug him and then took him to eat barbecue and drink beer. It’s the best day of my life to be back with him.”
Recalling the events of last month, Mr. Forsyth said he was arrested by Greek police on July 11, two days after Tammy came forward with the rape.
The pair had been drinking at the Help Bar, along Malia’s main strip, which is lined with buzzing bars and nightclubs popular with Brits.
Mr Forsyth admitted that Tammy was “horribly drunk” and that he started arguing with her when he tried to get her back to the hotel and she became verbally and physically aggressive.
Police arrested him after reviewing CCTV footage from the bar, which they claimed showed him sexually assaulting his daughter.
Mr Forsyth cried: “The police showed me the CCTV footage and asked me to explain what was going on. I told them it was all innocent, just a father trying to get his drunk daughter back to bed.
Police relied on CCTV footage from a local bar where Mr Forsyth, 62, had been drinking with his daughter before the attack (pictured) which showed the pair swearing at each other.
Mr Forsyth, 62, was arrested in the tourist town of Malia after his daughter Tammy (pictured after her release) said she was raped after a drunken night out with him on June 9. She bravely waived her right to anonymity to MailOnline as she protested his innocence and highlighted police failings in the case
“But the policemen started shouting at me and said that I am a rapist. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I love my daughter very much, I am very protective of her and I could never imagine being accused of something so heinous. That’s one of the worst things a parent can hear.”
The CCTV footage was obtained by MailOnline and Mr Forsyth insisted: “I want everyone to see it and look at it carefully.” How can you arrest a person for rape based on that alone? It’s funny.”
Mr Forsyth said he and Tammy continued to argue after they stormed out of the bar at around 4.55am and that he left in anger but intended to return to her but lost his way.
Tami also left and ended up in a cul-de-sac where she was raped.
The resort town of Malia on Crete (above) is a popular holiday destination, with British tourists flocking to the island every summer
Mr Forsyth cried: “Part of me still blames myself. I shouldn’t have left her like that, but I drank too much myself and got lost. Eventually I went back to the hotel and a few hours later Tammy came back and told me she had been raped.
“At first I thought she said it to get revenge on me because she was still angry, but after a while we talked about what happened and I realized it was true. I told her to report it to the police, so we both went to the police station.’
He continued: “We both gave evidence, but I never realized that I would end up being charged with a crime. It was a complete shock to me when two days later they said I was a rapist and that Tammy had told them that, which was a complete lie.”
The father of four said that after being held at the police station, he was eventually transferred to Tripoli Prison, where he was held in a cell with 26 other inmates.
A prison officer told him that he was free and ordered him to pack his things.
Mr Forsyth said: “I was delighted when I heard those words. The rest of the prisoners started clapping and cheering, because they knew that I was an innocent person.
“I shook hands with all of them and then got out of there as fast as I could. There were a lot of prisoners and they took good care of me. Only one of them spoke English and he was my translator.’
Mr Forsyth revealed that the worst conditions he experienced were at a detention center on the Greek mainland before he was transferred to a prison in Tripoli.
Tami told MailOnline that her dream holiday in Crete (pictured) has turned into a nightmare and she is using her family’s savings to stay there and support her father until she can return home and finally see her four children again
He recalled: “I sat in a dirty cell for almost a week. It stank of excrement and urine, rats were running around. I would not put a dog in such a place. At one point I didn’t think I would make it through, but knowing that Tammy and the rest of the family were there to support me helped me survive.’
Mr Forsyth, who lives in Hull with mother-of-four Tami, criticized Greek police for their handling of the investigation and called for the real rapist to be found.
He said: “As soon as they saw the CCTV footage they immediately decided I was guilty. All the policemen in the police station were watching and laughing as if it was a TV show.
“The way this has all been handled is disgusting and we are determined to get justice. Not only my daughter became a victim, but I too. I would like to get answers to why we were treated this way?’
The father and daughter holidayed together in Greece to celebrate Mr Forsyth’s birthday, and it was also the first time they had traveled abroad since the lifting of Covid restrictions.
Tami said that Greek officials told her that the real attacker’s DNA had been obtained, but they couldn’t find him because she couldn’t provide a proper description.
Mr Forsyth fumed: “The Greek police have done nothing to find the real rapist even though they have his DNA. From the moment Tammy reported the crime, they treated it as a case of drunken Brits on holiday behaving badly.
“I want other Britons to know that they have to be very careful in Greece because the justice system and the police will not protect you.”
Greek police say the investigation into the rape is still ongoing, but could not release more details.
Mr Forsyth and Tammy said they hoped to return to the UK as soon as possible.
He said: “We have some business to deal with in Crete and then we just want to get on the plane and get back to Hull as soon as possible. I want to see the rest of my family, give them a big hug and thank them for their support.
“I never want to go back to Greece again. There are no words to describe the horror that Tami and I went through. We just want to see justice and a return to normalcy.”