Disgraced bishop found dead on Attica beach, postmortem awaited

A postmortem examination is expected to provide authorities with more information regarding the death of former Bishop of Attica, Panteleimon.

The disgraced ex-cleric’s body was found on Wednesday by coast guards on a beach in Keratea, southeast of Athens.

Panteleimon was suspended by the Church of Greece in 2005, when he was linked to a trial-fixing ring.

He denied that recordings of him boasting that he could influence judges were genuine.

However, in 2008 he was handed a six-year prison sentence for embezzling 66.5 million drachmas (approximately 195,000 euros) from a monastery in Nea Makri, northeastern Attica, that was under his jurisdiction.