Peter Ball… was propelled into the royal circle by two people… One was prebendary Willie Booth, a former chaplain at Westminster School, who’d taken over from Canon Anthony Caesar, sub dean of the Chapel Royal and the Queen’s domestic chaplain.
The other was Jimmy Savile.
Ball’s royal friendships were not confined to the Prince of Wales.
Ball was on close terms with the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, and was invited to preach at Sandringham.
Even the Queen supported him after his police caution. In 1994, when she was distributing Royal Maundy money in Truro, Ball was there with his brother, who was Truro’s bishop.
After lunch in the Chapter House, the Queen, who had been on the high table with local dignitaries, went across to Ball, held out her hand and said in the clearest of voices: ‘My love and encouragement, Bishop.’
Charles, meanwhile, must surely have been advised to keep Ball at arm’s length — just as he had been advised to distance himself from Jimmy Savile.
‘The Prince did receive letters from the public complaining about Savile,’ says a senior aide.
to arrive for a meeting at Highgrove to find Savile at the table. He apparently threatened the officials after the Prince left, saying making them unhappy could cost the officials a knighthood.
Savile was a guest at Charles’s 40th birthday party at Buckingham Palace in 1988, and at his 50th. When Charles received a gift of a box of Cohiba cigars from Fidel Castro, he passed them on to Savile.
Later still, on Savile’s 80th birthday, Charles despatched another box of cigars, together with a pair of gold cufflinks and a note that bizarrely read: ‘Nobody will ever know what you have done for this country Jimmy. This is to go some way in thanking you for that.’
Angry Mary Todd said: “This man ruined my son’s life. He is pure evil, a beast, and he’s hiding behind God.”
Despite being an old friend of Prince Charles, Princess Diana banned him from visiting their Highgrove home after the 1993 sex scandal.
“The man ruined my son’s life and should have been locked away.
“Instead he now lives in luxury on one of the finest estates in the country.
“I don’t feel Ball was ever properly punished – but the fact that the prince has given sanctuary to this pervert is staggering.
Bishop Peter Ball – was a founder member of the Thatcher Foundation set up by the former prime minister.
While Bishop Suffragan of Lewes, he had come to public notice through his close friendship with Ian Gow
Britain’s Prince of Wales talks with boxer Frank Bruno (left) and entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile during a reception at London’s Buckingham Palace Friday November 13, 1998, The reception, hosted by Queen Elizabeth, on the eve of the Prince’s 50th birthday.
‘THE QUEEN FIXED IT FOR JIM’
Dear Jimmy, I was enormously touched…Yours most sincerely,
Jimmy Savile’s address book: Prince Charles, Jonathan King, Edwina Currie,
PRINCE IN SAVILE COVER-UP Daily Star Sunday 12-05-13, p6
Royal family member was investigated as part of paedophile ring before cover-up, ex-cop says
Princess Diana, in intimate confessions recorded on video by her voice coach, described her sex life with Prince Charles as “odd, very odd”.
Sex abuse bishop Peter Ball and brother seek Catholic switch
A former bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to join the Catholic Church to “live and worship in anonymity”.
Peter Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for offences against 18 teenagers and men.
The former Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s.
Ball’s identical twin and former bishop Michael Ball said in an email events had “wearied and reduced us”.
In the email, mistakenly sent from Michael Ball to BBC South East’s Colin Campbell among others, the brothers said having been “battered by the Church” they would be looking to join the Roman Catholic Church.
They said they would like to “end our days in a church where we can live and worship in anonymity and without constant fear”.
The BBC contacted Michael Ball about the email and he said a move to the Catholic Church was “a possibility”.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton said in a statement: “We confirm that Peter Ball has been in contact with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton, in which diocese he now lives, expressing an interest in becoming a member of the Catholic Church.
“This matter is subject to discussions between Clifton Diocese and the statutory authorities, who are the lead with regards to Peter Ball’s risk management in the community.”
An independent review of Ball’s case by Dame Moira Gibb criticised the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
Dame Moira said he had received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency – when he stood down as Bishop of Gloucester – but failed to pass six of them to the police.
Lord Carey had also failed to put Ball on the the “Lambeth List” which names clergymen whose suitability for ministry had been questioned.
Dame Moira also heard Bishop Michael Ball allowed his brother to attend functions in his place, even after his resignation, and on one occasion Peter Ball had introduced himself as his brother.
In 1994 Michael Ball campaigned to Lord Carey to return his brother to the ministry, with one bishop calling the brothers’ activities “manipulative”, Dame Moira reported .
Between 1995 and 1997, with Lord Carey’s backing. Peter Ball returned to church ministry, eventually undertaking duties such as confirmations.
After a series of investigations Balls’ ministry ceased in 2011, Dame Moira reported.
He was released from jail in February after serving 16 months.
Charles embroiled in rapidly growing gay-sex scandal
The heir to England’s throne spent Sunday night — just as he returned from a 10-day trip to India and the Persian Gulf — holding what some in the British press referred to as “crisis talks” with son Prince William, companion Camilla Parker Bowles and other aides to determine the next step in quelling the story.
For the past week, newspapers have been trumpeting a story being told by former palace servant George Smith, 43, who worked for Charles for 11 years until 1997.
Smith says he witnessed a sexual incident involving Prince Charles and a former male royal aide. He says he recorded what he saw on an audiotape and gave the tape to Princess Diana. Now, the tape is in the hands of Paul Burrell, Diana’s former butler.
Last month, Burrell began publicizing his tell-all book, A Royal Duty. He mentioned the tape and said that revealing its contents would rock the monarchy.
Newspapers pounced on the story, and the allegations began appearing on various Web sites.
But before London papers could report the story, Michael Fawcett, a former royal aide to the prince, got an injunction from the High Court. It prevented the British press from reporting the details of the lurid allegations.
As the media interest escalated throughout last week, Charles issued a lengthy denial Thursday: “This allegation is untrue,” and it “did not take place.”
In his statement, he mentioned that the claim comes from a former royal household employee who “has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and has previously suffered from alcoholism following active service in the Falklands.”
It said the employee — Smith — had made charges in the past “which the police have fully investigated and found to be unsubstantiated.” Smith also claims to have been raped by the same aide.
On Monday, a former valet, Simon Solari, who worked for Charles and Diana for 15 years, came to Charles’ defense, telling London’s Evening Standard that the allegations “simply could not be true.”
Also on Monday, a spokeswoman at Clarence House, the prince’s official London residence, said there were no plans to take any legal action and no plans for the prince to make any public comment.
The prince was spending Monday and Tuesday privately at his Highgrove estate; his first public engagement this week is set for Wednesday at a memorial service at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.
Although some British press reports say the scandal is strong enough to leave a black mark on the monarchy, Charles’ spokesman, Patrick Harrison, says the royal is “unruffled” by it all.
SATANIC WORSHIP AND THE CHURCH
DERRY MAINWARING KNIGHT
HIS INTERESTING CIRCLE OF ASSOCIATES
In 1986 an interesting case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court involving a self-confessed satanist and his attempt to defraud thousands of pounds from clergy. In the case of Derry Mainwaring Knight, he had the most intriguing connections and what transpired in court was a fascinating case involving deception, blackmail, prostitution, child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, Church of England, Roman Catholic Church, Freemasonry, MPs, aristocracy, showbusiness and, of course, money.
I’m not going to offer any opinion on the case but I think it is particularly interesting to look at the way the detective in charge of the investigation behaves towards witnesses. (See article: Satan Man’s a Rapist – 22 March 1986).
(Most of the articles are from The Times, unless otherwise stated).
Those mentioned during the trial included:
- Alison Baker: Wife of Rev Baker
- Rev John Baker: St Mary’s Church, Knight lodged with him
- Rt Rev Peter Ball: Bishop of Lewes, convicted paedophile
- Rev Michael Barling: Christian training centre lecturer
- George Booth: Congregational Minister, Leigh-on-Sea
- Lord Brentford: Donor
- Lady Brentford: Donor
- Clive Bygrave: Disc Jockey – cruise liners Canberra and Sea Princess, East Grinstead
- Doctor Caspar: ‘Chief of Satanists’
- Michael Corkery, QC: Prosecution
- Irene Cranham: Cleaner for Angela Murdoch
- Judge Neil Denison: Trial judge
- Ethel: Grandmother of Derry Mainwaring Knight
- Det Chief Insp Terence Fallon: Former head of Sussex Police, Papua New Guinea police
- Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman: Disc Jockey
- Rt Rev Mark Green: Retired Bishop of Aston
- David Hamilton: Disc Jockey
- Lord Hampden: Donor
- Lorraine Haynes: Prostitute, Shoeburyness, Essex
- Lord & Lady Ingleby: Refused donation
- Laurence Kayne: Managing Director, Laurence Kayne of Berkeley Square Ltd
- Dr Eric Kemp: Bishop of Chichester
- Jeffrey Klein: Video shop owner, Southend
- Derry Mainwaring Knight: Accused, Dormans Land, Surrey
- Margaret Mainwaring Knight: Mother of the accused
- Hayley Leigh: Dancer, Broadstone, Dorset
- Geoff Love: Orchestra Leader
- Randle Mainwaring: Retired bank director
- Lord March: Donor
- Rt Rev Lloyd Morrell: Bishop of Lewes
- Angela Murdoch: girlfriend of Knight
- Enoch Powell: Accused by Knight of being a Satanist
- Michael Ransby: Jeweller, Southend
- Susan Sainsbury: Donor
- Timothy Sainsbury: Conservative MP for Hove, Donor
- Donald Scutt: adviser of a religious trust, South Warnborough, Hampshire
- Det Sgt Brian Smeed: Interviewing officer
- Samantha Sprackling: Dancer
- Julie Tremain: Prostitute
- Rev Colin Urquhart: Christian training centre
- Michael Warren: Former High Sheriff of East Sussex, farmer & magistrate, Donor
- Michael West, QC: Defence
- Willie Whitelaw: Deputy Prime Minister
- Simon Willis: Disc Jockey, East Grinstead
- Donna Winwood: Pantomime Dancer, North London
Wednesday 19 February 1986: ‘SATANISM’ MAN’S LUXURY CARS
A man bought a Lotus sports car the day a “highly gullible” clergyman obtained £25,000 for him to finance an alleged crusade against satanism, Maidstone Crown Court was told yesterday.
Derry Knight, aged 46, had convinced the Rector of Newick, Sussex, that he needed the money to break his links with a satanic circle and buy its insignia to break its power.
Mr Michael Corkery, QC, for the prosecution said the Rev John Baker had approached Mr Gordon Scutt, adviser to the charitable P & P Trust.
In a letter, the rector asked: “Please pray for Derry… he needs a great deal of prayer and divine protection”.
The rector negotiated a loan from the charity on 8 November 1984. “The date is of interest”, Mr Corkery said, “for on that same day the defendant bought a Lotus motor car for £17,000”.
Mr Knight, a record producer, of Dormans Land, Surrey, has denied 19 charges of dishonestly obtaining £203,850 by deception.
Mr Corkery also alleged that Mr Knight had “conned” £37,500 from Lord Hampden, a parishioner of Mr Baker, to buy a Rolls Royce.
“The rector said the defendant needed the Rolls Royce to convince his satanist colleagues that he still had influence”.
Mr Corkery said that Mr Knight spent tens of thousands of pounds on jewellery, clothing and cars. He would pick up prostitutes and other women, shower them with gifts, and then leave them.
Mr Baker, aged 49, told the court that when he heard of Mr Knight’s problems he immediately prayed.
The case continues today.
20 FEBRUARY 1986: EVIL SPIRITS ‘TOOK MAN OVER’
The record in the alleged Satan confidence trickster case said yesterday he talked with demonic spirits in the man’s body.
The Rev John Baker said that he twice took authority over the spirits in the name of Jesus Christ.
Mr Baker, the Rector of Newick in East Sussex, told Maidstone Crown Court that Derry Mainwaring Knight first went into a trance when he and his wife went to pray with him.
“I recognised the state from having dealt with many people in similar states over the years as being due to demonic spirit infestation”.
Mr Knight awoke from the trance and later they prayed again, but Mr Knight again went into a trance.
The rector said the spirits started to speak out of Mr Knight. “It was coming out of his mouth but not in his normal voice”.
“As we were in prayer I said something like ‘In the name of Jesus Christ I bind these spirits and adjure them to tell the truth and to declare their ground in this man’s life’”.
Mr Baker said the voice then spoke back to him: “you cannot have him, he belongs to Lucifer. He was dedicated by sacrifice as a child and he is a Master of the Occult”.
The rector said Mr Knight told him he had wanted to get out of the satanic order since about 1980, but was being held in by his vows, fear and debts he owed them.
Mr Baker told the court Mr Knight had told of two debts, one to a “Chief of the Satanists” in the area. He was known as Doctor Caspar.
Mr Knight had told the rector that if he had any chance of getting out of the satanic order he had to destroy certain artefacts, including robes and gold and silver which were used for satanic worship.
But the order was not willing to let him have them for nothing, Mr Baker said.
Mr Baker said that after Mr Knight had been given £16,000 he produced a chain of office and bracelet used in satanic rites.
The rector explained that he and Mr Knight smashed up both items in the rectory garden and then took to a jeweller to be melted down.
Mr Knight, aged 46, of Dormans Land, Surrey, denies 19 charges of dishonestly obtaining £203,850 by deception.
The trail continues today.
Myra Hindley exposed as a ‘practicing WITCH’ whose occult links lead to Jimmy Savile
30th July 2017
MOORS murderer Myra Hindley has been accused of being a practicing witch who worshipped the occult alongside Ian Brady while the duo carried out their evil crimes.
Erica Gregory – who has devoted years of her life investigating the Moors murders – believes they even formed a twisted “paedophile ring”.
she said: “I believe they went to the BBC studio regularly to make a fuss and try to get in with Savile.
“Alongside David Smith, Brady was selling photographs of children to make money at this time – I believe Savile could have been one of his customers.
“It is well known that Savile visited them both inside. I believe they were in a ring of some sort.”
It doesn’t stop there, though.
Brady letters will remain classified until 2051.
The politician, now Lord Steel, was made aware of the reports that Smith had sexually abused young boys in his hometown of Rochdale, Lancashire, in 1979.
But dismissed the allegations – claiming: ‘All he seems to have done is spanked a few bare bottoms’.
Related?.. Another MP, like Ted “Ed” Heath, linked with a satanic child rapist…
Pervert MP Cyril Smith was pals with satanic child sex monster
Victim Michael Roberts reveals his devil-worshipping stepdad Michael Horgan organised abuse
Sept 3 2014
Paedophile MP Cyril Smith was in league with another appalling child sex abuser who set up satanic rituals and raped children as young as TWO.
Victim Michael Roberts, 40, today bravely puts aside his right to anonymity to tell for the first time how he was only six when he was sexually abused by 29-stone politician Smith.
Michael Horgan, who has also used the name Shaun O’Donnell, became known as the High Priest of Satan.
He organised outdoor “parties” for these activities on Saddleworth Moor, where child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had buried their victims.
Youngsters from two to 13 were drugged, tortured and sexually abused during the satanic “ceremonies”.
He was jailed for 10 years and placed on the sex offenders’ register after he was found guilty of six sex abuse charges in 1992
The shock revelation over the satanist and MP’s friendship raises questions over any role Smith and Jimmy Savile may have played in Horgan’s paedo ring.
Horgan was also pals with Raymond Hewlett, the child rapist questioned in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Lawyer who saw Diana’s death crash breaks 20-year silence to claim “other forces” were behind accident
Stanlee Culbreath is speaking out for the first time in two decades to question whether the Princess of Wales could have lived if French emergency services had acted faster.
21 AUG 2017
A witness to Princess Diana’s death crash says her chances of survival were greatly reduced by emergency service delays – and he believes “other forces” were behind the tragic accident.
Retired lawyer Stanlee Culbreath was one of the first witnesses to the tragic crash, but maintained a dignified silence out of respect for the then-young Princes William and Harry.
But now, almost 20 years since Diana’s death, the 69-year-old sheds new details on the crash, critically questioning whether she could have lived if French emergency services had acted faster.
Mr Culbreath said: “I always thought it was suspicious, that other forces played a hand, but now, 20 years on, I question more than ever whether it was a genuine accident. I just think it is dubious.
“If that’s the Princess, why did it take 20 minutes or so to get to her and, when she was finally released [from the car], why did they pass one hospital and take her to another?”
Mr Culbreath told how, at the scene, although at that time unaware Diana was a victim, he commented to a friend, “Damn, a junkie on Main Street would get waited on quicker than this”.
He added: “There are so many questions I ask myself over and over again about how the accident was handled and if she could have been saved.
“I pleaded for the police to help, but they were very nonchalant about the entire thing.”
Mr Culbreath, of Columbus, Ohio, had been in Paris on August 31, 1997, as part of a European tour with his friends Clarence Williams and Michael Walker.
They arrived in the city hours before the crash and took a late-night sight-seeing tour of the Eiffel Tower.
As they made their way back to the hotel in a taxi at around 12.20am, they entered the Pont de l’Alma tunnel and were confronted with the smouldering wreckage of the Princess’s car.
Has Prince Charles found his true spiritual home on a Greek rock?
12 May 2004
On Monday night a resplendent yacht docked at the watery entrance to the world’s only monastic republic. A middle-aged man, followed by two bodyguards, stepped on to the jetty of the peninsula in northern Greece and into the “state” known variously as Mount Athos, Aghio Oros and the Holy Mount.
A few monks in black robes and pillar-box hats stood waiting, but, under orders to keep the identity of this particular pilgrim secret, it was a reception without fanfare. Their guest – clean-shaven in contrast to the bearded clerics – was Prince Charles, on his third clandestine retreat to Athos in the past 12 months.
According to friends and associates of the prince, the future head of the Church of England has become enamoured of the Orthodox faith to the point that he has adorned a section of his home at Highgrove with prized Byzantine icons. Many are believed to originate from the Mount, the Orthodox world’s holiest site.
“There is no question that the British royal is Orthodox in his heart,” confided one Athonite monk, making a rare trip outside the remote republic. “Sadly, he is very constrained by his position.”
Athos, they say, encapsulates Charles’s profound admiration for tradition, ancient wisdom and a divine natural order – even if it has maintained a ban on women since AD1060.
Women are still forbidden from going within 500 metres of the monks’ republic. Yellow signs along the shores of the 400-square-mile peninsula shoo away “female intruders”, despite growing calls within the EU to have the ban lifted. For the nearly 2,000 monks who have devoted their lives to shunning sexual desire through prayer, the Virgin Mary is the only acceptable female presence.
The prince, like his friend, the composer Sir John Tavener, who converted to Greek Orthodoxy in 1977, is said to be especially drawn to the Orthodox church’s rugged spirituality. Orthodox faithful are allowed to marry up to three times.
Not since the Stuarts has an heir to the throne taken such an intellectual interest in religion. For years Charles, who assumes the title of Defender of the Faith when he becomes king, has displayed an unprecedented interest in denominations as divergent as Islam and Buddhism.
But his regular meetings with Ephraim, the abbot of Vatopedion – his adopted monastery on the Mount – have helped fuel speculation that the prince is being personally instructed in eastern Christianity, even if it is fiercely denied by courtiers.
The Cypriot-born abbot is said to be a frequent visitor to Highgrove.
Witnesses say that when the prince arrived in Athos days after the death of Princess Diana almost seven years ago, it was Ephraim who induced him to join the faith. Closeted in a chamber alone with the abbot, Charles is believed to have made a “spiritual commitment” to Christian Orthodoxy.
“What people forget is that Orthodoxy is in his family,” Archbishop Grigorios of Thyateira, who heads the 500,000-strong Orthodox community in Britain, told the Guardian.
“One of Charles’s aunts, the Grand Duchess Eugenia, was proclaimed an Orthodox saint after she was murdered in Moscow where she had established a monastery. His paternal grandmother, Aliki [Alice], was a nun for most of her life. She spoke very good Greek and in her later years, when she came to live in London, she kept an Orthodox chapel in Buckingham Palace,” added the prelate. “Aliki was a very powerful woman whom I’m sure had a very strong influence on Charles in his early years.”
As the religious centre of eastern Orthodoxy, Athos is a magnet for pilgrims dedicated to the faith. Many – as testified by the growing number of monks from the EU, Canada, Australia and the US – don’t look back. And among Europe’s wealthy blue bloods, the luxuriant territory is seen as the perfect “detox” getaway.
But the prince’s affection for a place where visitors sleep on lumpy mattresses and rise at 4am has also raised the inevitable question of whether the heir to the throne harbours desires of eventually converting to the religion.
Prince Philip, his Corfu-born father who like Charles is an honorary member of the Friends of Mount Athos, had to switch to Anglicanism from Greek Orthodoxy to marry the Queen.
In their large, decaying monasteries the clerics cherish the sort of Spartan conditions that Charles hated at Gordonstoun, his stern Scottish boarding school. Most also make no secret of their loathing of other western religions.
In the wake of last year’s allegations of rape and the sale of gifts which engulfed the house of Windsor and its staff, senior Greek Orthodox priests launched a spirited defence of the prince. Many denounced the claims as an “international conspiracy” unleashed by forces bent on destroying the reluctant royal’s new-found affection for the religion.
“All these attacks against Charles are doubtless due to the fact that he has embraced Orthodoxy,” said His Beatitude, Anthimos, the Bishop of Alexandroupolis. “If his Orthodox beliefs were ever to be made official, people would find it very troubling.”
Officially, St James’s Palace says the prince’s trips to the car-free Mount are a purely “personal affair”.
“He goes there as a private individual, not in his official capacity as the Prince of Wales,” said Kirstine Clark, a spokeswoman at the palace. “Visits are very much in his private time, so we don’t issue details. What I can say is that he is interested in the architecture and spirituality of Mount Athos.”
But, perhaps because he stands to become the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Charles is also unusually sensitive about his trips to the Mount. His visits have been shrouded in secrecy. Countless Greeks with access to the community told the Guardian they were under oath never to mention them.
Government officials and diplomats are politely told not to escort the prince to Vatopedion, which he helped restore with money from the auction of his watercolours.
Attending the opening of the newly refurbished monastery last year, the prince said he hoped each of the Mount’s 23 monasteries would soon regain their former splendour. He would, he said, work hard to ensure that happened.
Charles to make spiritual return
AS HE approaches his fifth wedding anniversary next month, Prince Charles is feeling the need for a male-only spiritual recharge: he is contemplating a solo sojourn to a monastery in northern Greece.
Greece jails Abbot Ephraim in Mount Athos fraud case
Vatopedi is part of the ancient Mount Athos monastic community that has been visited by Britain’s Prince Charles and Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
The abbot of the prestigious Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos in Greece has been jailed pending trial for alleged fraud and embezzlement.
Greek Supreme Court Charges 14 over Vatopedi Monastery Scandal
Greece ’s Supreme Court indicted 14 individuals earlier today over the Vatopedi Monastery land swap scandal that became public in August 2008. The court struck down a Supreme Court deputy prosecutor’s reversal of the indictments, requested by three of the defendants, which had been issued by a criminal appeals court.
Those charged are Vatopedi Monastery Abbot Ephraim, monk Arsenios, notary Aikaterini Peleki, attorneys Dionysis Pelekis and Dimitrios Pelekis, former head of the Hellenic Public Real Estate Company (KED) Petros Papageorgiou, KED board member Constantinos Gratsios, former director of KED’s real estate management service Georgios Mitropoulos, former Agriculture Ministry secretary general Constantinos Skiadas and former head of Rural Development Ministry Stamatoula Madeli. Also indicted is former Legal Council of State Vice President Grigoris Krombas, as well as Christodoulos Botsios, Stefanos Detsis and Ioannis Dionysopoulos.
The 14 charged are accused of morally or otherwise instigating acts of breach of trust and issuing false certificates in connection with transactions swapping real estate in Lake Vistonida and its shores with prime real estate belonging to the Greek state as well as damaging the state’s interests. The cost to the state is believed to have been at least 100 million euros, while according to financial writer Michael Lewis, a Greek parliamentary commission established to investigate the scandal, estimated the value of government property received by the monastery at one billion euros. The public fury that followed the revelation of the illegal land swaps led the government of New Democracy to cancel the deals and two Ministers resigned, under huge pressure from the media.
Ioannis Aggelou, director of Former Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis’ office at the time, was the only person to be acquitted under the specific indictments.
Efraim’s ring ran cash slush funds to bribe politicians, offshore companies, got nearly 200 million euros in loans from banks, and played a role in the engineered collapse of the banks of Andreas Vgenopoulos in Cyprus which cost tax payers 4 billion euros.
“Mt Athos is currently one large building site in contrast to the dereliction and poverty of the rest of Greece. It seems unreal that humble monks should be employing so much specialist labour. This must be costing hundreds of millions of euros. The ancient buildings have received EU and Unesco grants, but these surely account for a fraction of the lavish expenditure I observed. Such huge grants could not be justified given that access is so limited and entry is forbidden to women,” reports The Spectator.
Court acquits all defendants in Vatopedi Monastery land swap trial
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