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Greek tried over 'obscene art'

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  • John Schroedel
    A Greek art curator is set to go on trial for insulting the eastern Orthodox Church by showing a painting combining Christian and sexual imagery. Christos
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 3, 2005
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      A Greek art curator is set to go on trial for insulting the eastern
      Orthodox Church by showing a painting combining Christian and sexual
      imagery.

      Christos Ioakimidis could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty.

      The authorities removed the work from an Athens exhibition in the run-up to
      last year's Olympic Games, following a complaint by a far-right party
      leader.

      Greek artists and human rights activists say that the case threatens freedom
      of expression.

      'Obscene'

      Mr Ioakimidis organised a major modern art exhibition in Greece as part of a
      series of cultural events leading up to the Olympics.

      The case against him stems from a painting by Belgian artist Thierry de
      Cordier, which shows an erect penis next to a Christian cross.

      It was taken down after party leader Georges Karatzaferis lodged a complaint
      with the Supreme Court.

      He denounced the work as the most obscene, immoral and shameless painting he
      had ever seen.

      A BBC correspondent in Athens says other activists are angry with Mr
      Ioakimidis for removing the painting, saying he should not have yielded to
      pressure to do so.

      Mr Iaokimidis is charged with insulting public decency and the Church.


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      BBC News, Friday, 3 June, 2005 -
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4606533.stm



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