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Vavilis freed on bail due to scant evidence

Three years ago, he was Greece’s most wanted man, implicated in a series of church scandals, but yesterday Apostolos Vavilis was released from prison on bail after a council of judges decided that there was no evidence that he had betrayed state secrets. Vavilis, a mysterious character who became a confidant of high-ranking Church of Greece figures, including the late Archbishop Christodoulos, posted bail of 10,000 euros and walked out of Korydallos Prison, where he had been kept in custody for two years. The council of judges decided that there was not enough evidence to try Vavilis for breaching state secrets or for fraud. In September 2006, he was cleared of a drug-smuggling charge going back 15 years. However, the judges decided that Vavilis should stand trial for allegedly forging an identity card.