04 August 2021,   20:13
Athens priest arrested for acid attack on bishops

A priest has been arrested in Athens after he threw acid on seven bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church, police say, writes BBC.

The attack took place during a disciplinary hearing against the 36-year-old priest on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Three bishops are being treated in hospital for the burns, mostly on their faces.

A policeman, who ran to help the bishops, was also taken to hospital.

The suspect, a priest who risked being expelled from the church, was accused of being involved in drug trafficking, according to the ANA press agency.

The bishops were meeting to discuss defrocking him - stripping him of his priesthood - after he was allegedly discovered to be in possession of 1.8 grams of cocaine in June 2018, according to local media.