Greek bishops attacked with caustic liquid at assembly, 10 wounded

Victims being handled for burns after the Athens assembly assault, allegedly by a priest dealing with a disciplinary listening to.

Seven senior members of Greece’s Orthodox Church and three different folks have been hospitalised with burns after being attacked with a caustic liquid, allegedly by a priest dealing with a disciplinary listening to, authorities mentioned.

The incident came about on Wednesday on the Petraki Monastery in Greece’s capital, Athens, at a gathering of senior bishops.

The 37-year-old priest, who was dealing with the listening to for alleged drug-related offences, was arrested unhurt and brought for questioning.

Police recognized the victims because the metropolitan bishops Antonios of Glyfada, Kyrillos of Kifissia, Kallinikos of Arta, Nikodimos of Kassandra, Dionysios IV of Zakynthos, Dimitrios of Goumenissis, and Andreas of Dryinoupolis.

A police officer who helped restrain the suspect was additionally injured, as have been a lawyer and a presiding clergyman.

Police mentioned it was not instantly clear what liquid was used, however added that the victims have been being handled for burns.

“I express my abhorrence at this unprecedented event,” Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou wrote in a tweet after contacting Archbishop Ieronymos, the chief of the Greek church.

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias visited an Athens hospital the place the bishops have been initially handled, joined by Archbishop Ieronymos.

Kikilias mentioned 4 of the bishops have been evenly injured and have been receiving first support. One was transferred to the cosmetic surgery unit of one other hospital and the opposite two may also be transferred to different hospitals with specialised models, together with one with a specialist eye clinic.

He mentioned Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had requested for fixed updates on the case.

Ieronymos instructed reporters he was “deeply saddened” by the assault however relieved that not one of the accidents was thought-about by medical doctors to be life-threatening.

The motives for the assault weren’t instantly clear. The state-run ERT tv reported that the listening to was held as an enchantment to depose the priest from the clergy.


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