Macedonia Sentences Orthodox Archbishop To 3 Years Jail

A Macedonian court sentenced the archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Macedonia to three years in prison on what his denomination and activists called Wednesday, July 3, “false charges” of money laundering, while fourteen co-defendants received suspended jail terms.

Additionally Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, also known as Zoran Vraniskovski, must handover SOC properties, including church buildings, to the state for allegedly laundering some 250,000 euro ($325,000), his church said. Bishop Marko of Bregalnica, whose civilian name is Goran Kimev, Bishop David Ninov of Stobi as well as fourteen “priest-monks, abbesses, nuns and other faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric” each received two years suspended sentences for financial wrongdoing, the SOC added.

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One comment on “Macedonia Sentences Orthodox Archbishop To 3 Years Jail

  1. Ad Orientem says:

    Macedonia has been very aggressively persecuting the Serbian Orthodox Church for years. Almost every reputable authority in the human rights community has condemned this as a political show trial.