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Orthodox Official Condemns Police ‘Raid’ on Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.civil.ge/eng/article.php?id=12945 Orthodox Official Condemns Police ‘Raid’ on Church Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2006-07-02 21:07:09 Bishop Zenon
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      Orthodox Official Condemns Police ‘Raid’ on Church
      Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 2006-07-02 21:07:09

      Bishop Zenon of Dmanisi, an influential Georgian Orthodox Church official,
      condemned police for carrying out, as he put it, unauthorized search
      operation in one of the churches located in Dmanisi district on July 2.

      “Dozens of masked, armed policemen burst into the church shouting on
      [priests] to lie down, threatening to kill them if they move… They
      [policemen] searched the church citing that they were searching for
      criminal suspects, but of course they could find no one there. They had no
      relevant authorization, or warrant to carry out search. They have left
      without even apologizing,” Bishop Zenon told Imedi television.

      But the Interior Ministry has denied that the police carried out a search
      operation the church.

      “It was a building, which is under construction and there were only workers
      there, no priests. It was not a territory of the church,” Shota
      Khizanishvili, chief of the Interior Ministry’s administration, said.

      But later the Interior Ministry has changed the position and admitted that
      the incident took place in the church.

      “I have talked with Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, who apologized and
      promised that the incident will be investigated,” Bishop Zenon told Imedi
      television late on July 2.
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