Judicial ruling a victory against hatred

Monday's decision by a three-judge court in the northern Peloponnese town of Aigio was without doubt the greatest piece of news for the country that day. Not because of the sentence handed to Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta and Aigialeia (seven months, suspended), but rather for the fact that the Greek state condemned a public servant for abuse of power and incitement of violence.

The verdict was a major victory for society's progressive forces and we owe it to the three brave judges who defied not just the rage of the cleric's supporters, but also the recommendation of the bench prosecutor. She had argued that "no matter how sharp his expressions, [Amvrosios's] rhetoric does not have the power to arouse individuals or groups to extreme behavior against others."

Amvrosios was indicted in 2015 for comments on his personal blog prompted by a parliamentary debate...

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