Vatopedi monks given deposition extension

The star witnesses in the Vatopedi land swap scandal trial, Ephraim, the monastery?s former chief monk, and Arsenios, its ex-financial manager, were given until October 13 on Tuesday to prepare their depositions by appeals court magistrate Eirini Kalou.

Ephraim and Arsenios had received 10-month suspended jail sentences in December 2010 for being moral accomplices to a breach of duty.

They are also accused of colluding with Maria Psalti, the former judge of a first instance court in Rhodope, northern Greece, where tracts of land involved in the swap are located.