The Greek procurator’s office accused Father Efraim of striking a number of deals in exchanging several cheap plots of land belonging to Vatopedi for expensive property in Athens. Investigators believe that these deals caused the loss of at least 100 million Euros to the government. Fr Efraim himself declared his innocence and rejected the charges against him. He’ll stay under arrest until the end of the court proceedings. Because of of his heath condition the abbot will be taken to a prison hospital in Thessaloniki.
Also see 1159 of our old weblog (without photos).
This brings me to something else: I have been waiting for almost 4 months for our old weblog to return, but unfortunately the pictures are still missing. As you can see, at least all posts are back on athos.weblog.nl and the texts did return in the meanwhile, so I have hope the pictures will follow one day, That is why I decided the start publishing again on athos.weblog.nl from the 1st of January 2012. Hope to see back on our old adress.