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Letter condemning the decision

To: The President of the Hellenic Republic,
The Prime Minister,
The Attorney General
24 December 2011
Your Excellencies,
We hereby condemn with abhorrence the judicial ‘’crime’ committed in Athens on the 23rd December 2011, against the Church in the face of Elder Efrem, Abbot of the Great, Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi in the Holy Mountain.
The decision to take Elder Efrem into custody was based on hatred and prejudice. This is manifested in the following:

  1. The timing of the decision: Christmas Eve
  2. The surrounding of the Holy Mountain by armed police forces despite the declaration by the attorney representing the Elder that the latter intended to present himself to the police willingly.
  3. The sentence passed is normally given to people who have the intention to repeat the offences accused of.
  4. During the preliminary hearing the reason given for the sentence was the Elder’s recent trip to Russia, when he accompanied the Holy Belt of the Most Holy Mother of God. During this visit millions of people, including the President, the Prime Minister and the Attorney General of the Russian Republic came out to greet them.
  5. The investigation lasted more than three years and no incriminating evidence has been found.
  6. The offence which the Elder is accused of is ‘instigation’ even though the suspects of this offence have been acquitted.
  7. During the last three years of the investigation, the Elder has taken numerous trips abroad and if he had intended to leave the country he had plenty of opportunity to do so.
  8. The Elder, as a spiritual figure, is honored and praised worldwide and constitutes an excellent envoy for Greece.
  9. The people who have been revealed as the masterminds of the conspiracy against him have been honored with ministerial posts and are attempting to cover up their deception at all costs.
  10. In Greece, enormous scandals have been uncovered and established while those responsible are not only walking free but are also given political posts.

We are convinced that the decision is a deliberate political act intending to defame the Holy Mountain and the Church.
We call upon you to do the utmost to reverse it.
Some comments
Кетевани on 29/12/2011 at 14:07 said:
[We all Orthodox Christians must pray together so that Lord in His infinite love show the government to free Archimandrite Efrem. Lord, help Archimandrite Efrem and strengthen him. Lord, help us all pray for his release! Thy will be done, Lord, forever and ever. Amen!!!]
р.б. Роман on 29/12/2011 at 13:13 said:
Long live Igumen Efrem! Russians are with you!!!
Adina Militaru – Romania on 29/12/2011 at 12:39 said:
We , as Orthodox people from Romania , have our hearts bleeding next to all of you and will not stop bleeding until we won’t see our Gheronda [Elder], our Saint Gheronda , in freedom!! There are many persons that meat Gheronda Efraim during all these years and me , as one of the many , I can bring my testimony that my heart was never moved more deeply towards the love of our Jesus Christ , that in the moment I have meat Gheronda Efraim!! It was and will remain the most important meeting from my life! That tells a lot about the life that our Gheronda is living , totally dedicated to Jesus Christ and that is why when we are next to him we feel closer to God than we ever felt. Our hearts are speaking for Gheronda , while the words full of lies of The Greek authorities will remian as a garbage in the history of Greece! We hope to see some justice at least now , even if it’s quite late and that Greece to win some dignity in its eyes and also in ours , people abroad. There are a lot of Saints that prayed for this country , a lot of people that died for it and which now would be grieving too see that this is happening , after all they have fight for!
Каханков on 29/12/2011 at 11:10 said:
арест отца Ефрема – несмываемый позор евросоюза и попрание основ цивилизованного права, которым так кичится европа
[The arrest of Father Efrem is an indelible disgrace of the Euro-Soviet and a trampling on the principles of civilized law, of which Europe is so proud.]
Евгений on 29/12/2011 at 08:05 said:
У православной веры нет национальности, потому что мы все Христовы. Очень неприятно, что правительство Греции просит Россию не давать ей советы
[There is no nationality in the Orthodox faith, for we are all of Christ. It’s very unpleasant that the government of Greece asks Russia not to give any advice
Louay Seagh on 28/12/2011 at 15:22 said:
The Greece politicians are thieves , they are the one who should be in prison, and not men of the church ..
We do not believe the Government of Greece, because we know the Church Fathers and We are confident of them.
Father Mansour Azar on 28/12/2011 at 09:42 said:
I was expecting pressures on the Church from those who are pretending to help Greece out of the debt troubles. This is only an example of what is coming up.
Let the Abbot go free!
Olga Magoula on 26/12/2011 at 22:35said:

I’ m submitting this in English so that English-speaking Christians will take notice of the most sordid affair concerning Father Efraim, Abbot of Vatopedion monastery of the Athos Holy Mountain:
Greek Justice has moved with shocking alacrity against the person of Father Efraim on Christmas Day, on charges of an economic scandal which took place 4 years ago. Said scandal involved 6 at least ministers of the former Greek Governement and saw enormous publicity until it was time for elections. After the elections, all the numerous political personages involved have been enjoying Parliamentary immunity. This is more scandalous than the original financial scandal in the first place. The express arrest procedures of Father Efraim can compare only to treatment reserved to heinous criminals e.g.paedophiles and has been unprecedented in cases of financial scandal. At the same time the Greek public is «informed » by the media that numerous famous tax -evaders get arrested only to be released scot-free soon afterwards. No matter what Father Efraim actually did, he did not kill anyone and does not deserve such inhuman and perverted treatment. It is doubly shocking that the Greek public has to listen to propaganda issued from the German media which continue to engage in the most humiliating and unsubstantiated propaganda against not only the person of the Father, culprit or not, but against the most Historically respected place in Greece, respected even by the Turks. This is the same Greek public which is manipulated by Greek media into believing that some get to pay for their financial crimes by the time that unemployed citizens get to pay exorbitant tax bills by their unelected governement. The shocking publicity, alacrity and speed of the imminent arrest of Father Efraim could only be compared to a «smoke screen» , a cover story of extremely suspicious dimensions that leaves many to question the motives of both the Greek Justice system and of our German lenders and governors.
Issa Lahleh on 27/12/2011 at 16:01said:

I am writing this from Jordan. My name is Issa Lahleh. This respectful father should be immediately free. I personally condemn any trial to harm him in any way. Whatever happened, God is always there, and he will not abandon his beloved ones.
michel saba on 27/12/2011 at 20:45 said:
we all the orthodox Christians of Lebanon and all Antioch pray for you dear father tho we know that we need u to pray for us.this one more game of devil s game but we know that with the help of our dear mother and most holy virgin he will triumph this battle.
Lubov on 28/12/2011 at 14:57said:

Greek politics forgot №5 commandment from the Ten Commandments: “Honor your father and your mother…” The obligation to honor one’s parents is an obligation that one owes to God and fulfills this obligation through one’s actions towards one’s parents.” Geronta Efraim is Genuine Person and good liver! Belarussian people pray to God to make freedom for him!
Louay Seagh on 28/12/2011 at 15:22said:

The Greece politicians are thieves , they are the one who should be in prison, and not men of the church ..
We do not believe the Government of Greece, because we know the Church Fathers and We are confident of them.

vera rahal on 27/12/2011 at 22:49said:

I am from Lebanon. This respectful father should be immediately free. We will pray for you Father always
Daniel on 28/12/2011 at 03:28said:

Freedom for Father Efraim!!! Our lord Hristos (Ο Χριστός) will make justice! Masons and anti-christians will lose!!!

nadim khouri on 28/12/2011 at 10:38said:

Lebanese Orthodox are with you father, pray for us
father Georges Maalouf on 29/12/2011 at 07:12said:

I wish Father Efraim to overcome all these temporary troubles, and i will pray with all the orthodox comunity in zahle lebanon for him to pass this troubles
Ioanna from Ukraine on 29/12/2011 at 07:28said:

поставила подпись.
[I have signed the petition.]

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