‘Mistreated’ nun seeks payoff after 23 years

A 44-year-old nun is seeking more than 300,000 euros in compensation from the Thessaloniki monastery in which she has spent the last 23 years, claiming that she was mistreated and insulted by her fellow nuns. The former nun, whose case is to be heard by a Thessaloniki misdemeanors’ court, was dismissed from the monastery in May 2004 after arguing with a disabled fellow nun. The 44-year-old claims to have been «isolated» despite donating 40,000 euros in inheritance and pitching in with jobs, such as digging on the grounds of the monastery, west of Thessaloniki. She says she believes some of her fellow nuns were dropping sleeping pills into her food during her last few weeks there. The 44-year-old is claiming 240,000 euros in damages «for the work of a manual laborer» and an additional 50,000 euros for «insult to personal integrity.»

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