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Greek priest attacks bishops with acid
Ten people, including seven senior Greek Orthodox bishops, have been
hurt in an acid attack by a priest undergoing a disciplinary hearing in
Athens, authorities have alleged.
Three of the bishops were still in hospital following the attack late on
Wednesday, while two lawyers were also being treated.
A police officer at the scene, who arrested the suspect, was also rushed
to hospital. Three of the clerics were in serious condition according to the
country’s health minister, Vasilis Kakilias, who described the incident as
“unprecedented and tragic”.
Local media reported that those attacked had suffered burns, mostly on
their faces and hands.
The bishops were in session to discuss possibly defrocking the priest
after he was allegedly discovered to be in possession of 1.8 grams of
cocaine – hidden under his cassock “in the area of his genitals” – in June
2018, the Greek daily Ta Nea reported late on Wednesday.
Appearing before a public prosecutor in the town of Veroia, he admitted
that the class A drug was “for personal use”.
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