If they get hard up for Euros they could always convert to condos
Greek authorities…jailed the abbot of a 1,000-year-old Greek Orthodox monastery pending trial for what officials said was a key role in a land deal with the state that became a major political scandal.
Investigators have said the deal, which was revealed several years ago, was weighted in favor of Vatopedi Monastery in northern Greece and cost taxpayers the equivalent of about $131 million. Two ministers in a previous, conservative government lost their jobs over the deal, which was ultimately canceled, although legal issues have delayed full restitution.
The scandal nonetheless contributed significantly to the conservatives’ 2009 general election defeat.
Abbot Efraim, 55, was led to the Korydallos prison in Athens after spending the night in the capital’s police headquarters. He had traveled 370 miles from the Orthodox monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos, from which women and female animals have been banned since 1046…
Female animals, eh? We know what that’s about.
No trial date has been set, and the abbot’s lawyers are expected to apply for his release. Under Greek law, suspects can be jailed for up to 18 months pending trial.
Greek politicians embroiled in the scandal will not stand trial, as Parliament ruled this year that the statute of limitations had expired.
Vatopedi Monastery has a treasure trove of medieval artifacts and books. It has attracted large numbers of male guests, including Prince Charles of Britain, who is a frequent visitor to Mount Athos.
But, no women guests, no female pets. I guess.