Efraim Files Petition To Be Released

Mt. Athos Vatopedi Monastery abbot Ephraim, held in custody as a suspects in the controversial land swap case involving the Greek state and the monastery,  filed a petition earlier in the week requesting to be released, citing health reasons. Abbot Ephraim has been in custody since Dec. 23, 2011
following a ruling by the Council of Court of Appeals Judges that
intervened to settle a disagreement between the examining judge and the
responsible prosecutor on whether he should be held on remand pending
trial. At least 100,000 people have signed a petition for Ephraim to be released. 


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