Blogger convicted for page mocking Orthodox priest
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.