Priest held for psychiatric exam after acid attack on senior bishops

Priest held for psychiatric exam after acid attack on senior bishops 1

A 37-year-old priest is in custody in Greece after allegedly launching an acid attack that injured ten people at a meeting of senior bishops.

The detained priest has since been transferred to an Athens psychiatric hospital and is under police guard, according to Greek police spokesperson Anna Efthymiou.

Seven senior members of Greece’s Orthodox Church and three other people were sent to hospital with burns following Wednesday’s attack, she added.

The unnamed priest is accused of drug-related offences and faces a disciplinary hearing over his alleged behaviour.

A police officer who helped contain the suspect was slightly injured, as were a lawyer and a presiding clergyman, police said.

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