Vatopedi monk heads to Athens to face prosecutor

The monk at the center of the Vatopedi Monastery property exchange has left Mount Athos so he can face prosecutors in Athens, who last week issued an order for his detention in connection to the controversial land swap.

Ephraim, who was formerly in charge of the monastery?s financial matters, had been ill since Friday, when a prosecutor ordered that he be remanded in custody.

Ephraim has been accused of money laundering and embezzlement in connection with the land exchange deal, which allegedly led to taxpayers losing millions.

The monk?s lawyers are likely to appeal for Ephraim to be released on bail, pending a court case.