Greek priest throws acid on bishops in disciplinary hearing –
A religious leader caught with cocaine pours acid on bishops after they deliver a verdict in his disciplinary hearing.
Theofylaktos Komvos, 37, a priest allegedly involved in drug trafficking, threw acid on seven bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church at Petraki Monastery. The group was attending a disciplinary session audience in Athens, Greece, where the bishops were to depose Komvos. A police officer, a lawyer and a member of the presiding clergy were also injured in the attack.
The bishops suffered burns to their faces and hands and were immediately taken to hospital. A witness said he “froze when he saw blood and heard screams”, describing the scene as “a bloodbath”. The incident happened quickly and unexpectedly, and no one at the hearing had any indication, according to reports, that Komvos was in possession of the chemical.
The meeting was held to consider stripping the suspect of his priesthood after he was allegedly caught with “1.8 grams of cocaine” in June 2018 that he “hid near his genitals,” according to the report. Komvos reportedly confessed to “owning the powerful stimulant in 2018 for personal use”. It was when the verdict was announced that he took out the bottle he had hidden on him and threw it at the bishops.
Health Minister Kikilias reports: “Four of the bishops were more slightly injured and were receiving first aid, while one was transferred to the plastic surgery unit of another hospital and the other two could also be transferred. in other hospitals with specialized units, including one with a specialized eye clinic.
George Tzikas, a former defense attorney for the priest, said: “We weren’t expecting it; he opened a bag, took out bottles and began [pouring it over them]. At first I thought it was water, but the place was full of blood. I couldn’t stand it; it was crazy. Fortunately, there was a policeman inside. Tzikas added that his client was unable to empty the bottles.
Bishop Artis Kallinikos, victim of the attack, said: “’The former priest was pretty specific and all seven of us were hit in the face by a bottle and from a distance. He started pouring the liquid over us. The bottle was large, two liters, he held it in both hands. He said nothing. He had the bottle in a bag. When I saw him take out the bottle, my first thought was that it was holy water. My mind didn’t go anywhere else. Kallinikos added: “I quickly realized, from the sting in my eyes, that the liquid was a caustic liquid because it was immediate. Another bishop’s face changed color as soon as the liquid fell on him.
“I express my horror for this unprecedented event,” Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou tweeted after contacting the Archbishop of Athens Ieronymos II, the head of the Greek church. He said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had asked for constant updates on the case. Mitsotakis himself said he was “deeply saddened” and assured the bishop that the state “would offer all possible medical assistance for the speedy recovery of the victims”.