Athens court acquits Vatopedi monks in land swap deal. Extraordinary perversion of justice?


From Ekathimerini

An Athens criminal court on Monday acquitted all 14 defendants charged in connection with a property swap between the Vatopedi Monastery in the Mount Athos monastic community in northern Greece and the Greek state.

The monastery’s abbot, Ephraim, and a monk, Arsenios, were among those acquitted after judges found a lack of evidence backing moral instigation charges over a deal trading low-value land for high-value state property that was said to have cost the state more than 100 million euros in damages.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/217040/article/ekathimerini/news/court-acquits-all-defendants-in-vatopedi-monastery-land-swap-trial

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2010/10/greeks-bearing-bonds-201010

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