Russian Church official in Thailand urges not to relish accusations
- Title: Russian Church official in Thailand urges not to "relish" accusations against Pletnev until the trial is over
Date Published: 7/8/2010
Bangkok, July 8, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church representative in Thailand Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) for the time of investigation spoke to protect the renowned Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev accused of pedophilia and urged to observe presumption of innocence.
"It would be irresponsible to back up accusations, which have not been proved in the court. The Church does not have judicial functions - so we need to wait until the trial is over," Fr. Oleg said in his statement posted by the website of the Moscow Patriarchate Orthodox Church in Thailand.
The priest says he is "extremely embarrassed with some media's
entrancing commentaries and even relishing the details of police
accusations," while "they are not proved in legal proceedings and
cannot be considered facts."
According to the Archimandrite, who is living in Thailand for a long
time and knows how the Thai legal system works, release on bail and
permission to leave the country given to the pianist in the court
especially under the accusations incriminated to him "give reason to
think that the evidence base for these accusations is not so solid and univocal as journalist present it."
The priest stressed that the Orthodox Church has extremely negative
attitude to pedophilia considering it a very grave sin and spoke to
back up strict Thai laws aimed at protecting children from sinful