Blog­ger con­victed for page mock­ing Or­tho­dox pri­est

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A 27-year-old fish farm em­ployee, who set up a satir­i­cal Face­book page mock­ing a de­ceased Or­tho­dox monk whose say­ings have gained promi­nence in re­cent years, was yes­ter­day given a 10-month sus­pended sen­tence for blas­phemy by an Athens court.

Filip­pos Loizos, 27, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment at the verdict. “It was clear that from the start the court was not will­ing to take my ar­gu­ment on board,” said the blog­ger, who in­sisted that he set up the page to sat­i­rize the sud­den in­ter­est in the life of Elder Paisios. Loizos used the name Elder Pastit­sios and edited pho­tos so a pastit­sio – a Greek dish con­sist­ing of pasta, bechamel and ground beef – ap­peared in place of Paisios face.

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