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Priests handed suspended sentence for indecent assault of minor

Priests handed suspended sentence for indecent assault of minor

An appeals court in northern Greece on Friday convicted two priests for the indecent assault of a boy over a three-year period, handing them each a three-year suspended sentence.

The abuse took place from 2005 to 2008 in a village in Kozani.

The Mixed Jury Court of Appeal of Western Macedonia acquitted a third accused, a monk based in Grevena.

According to the case file, the priests committed indecent acts on the minor, who according to a psychiatric expert called to give evidence “had a mental weakness and inability to resist the actions of the accused.”

The court accepted mitigating circumstances of a clean record and good behaviour when sentencing the two clerics.

The three religious were initially found not guilty at a trial in Kastoria, a decision appealed by the prosecutor. [AMNA]