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Greek fraud squad to probe Irineos' offices

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.05.30 AFP: Greek fraud squad to probe Irineos offices Team will inspect Jerusalem patriarch s holdings in Athens By Agence France Presse (AFP) Monday,
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      2005.05.30 AFP:
      Greek fraud squad to probe Irineos' offices

      Team will inspect Jerusalem patriarch's holdings in Athens

      By Agence France Presse (AFP)
      Monday, May 30, 2005

      ATHENS: The Greek Finance Ministry's fraud squad will soon probe the Athens
      offices of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, a few days after
      Patriarch Irineos I was removed from his seat over an alleged land sale
      scandal, a radio station reported on Sunday.
      Flash Radio, quoting what it referred to as "reputable" sources, said the
      inspection will be carried out at the request of a clerical committee
      temporarily running the patriarchate's affairs since Irineos' removal by a
      pan-Orthodox synod in Istanbul on May 29.
      Irineos had been under pressure to resign since the report of an alleged
      multi-million-dollar transaction in which ideologically motivated Jewish
      businessmen acquired church land in a predominantly Palestinian area of the
      Old City, part of occupied East Jerusalem.
      Irineos was the Jerusalem Patriarchate's representative in Athens between
      1979 and 2001, when he became patriarch.
      The patriarchate's holdings in Athens are believed to include 10 churches,
      four theaters and over 100 other real estate properties, the station said. - AFP
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