I am present in the court Father Antonio started and was adjourned for Thursday, April 4 before the three-member minor court, h trial of the founder of the NGO Ark of the World and seven workers, for incidents of beatings and brutal behavior against children hosted in structures.

The case reaches the Court, after two postponements, following an investigation by the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office, on the occasion of complaints of sexual abuse which constitute another case file, while a case file is also pending against the cleric for criminal acts concerning the financial management of the Ark.

The indictment of the case, which covers the period from 2018 to August 2022, includes accusations of grievous bodily harm, dangerous bodily harm and menacing which are borne by the workers, while Father Antonio is charged with moral complicity in the above offenses.

According to the accusation, the cleric knew or even dictated the disputed behaviors as methods of punishment at the expense of minor children.

The acts included in the case file are said to have been carried out in the structures of Athens, Volos, Chios and Kalamata.

The trial, which is expected to last, was interrupted in the person of the priest’s lawyer, for health reasons.