A Greek magistrate is considering whether to move ahead on a complaint by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Eireneos I, who claims that Metropolitan Timothy of Vostron, his most senior cleric and former rival for his job, hired a Palestinian hit squad to assassinate him.
“It is said there was [a plot], so now justice has the final word,” Eireneos told Athens-based reporters in Jerusalem recently. He would say no more than that he still considers Timothy one of his spiritual “children.”
Timothy’s Greek attorney, Giorgios Alfantakis, said the cleric denies the charges and might sue for slander in an Israeli court.
Eireneos’ attorney, Alexis Kougias, claims Greek courts have jurisdiction because both men are Greek citizens.
Greek deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Magriotis said Greek, Israeli and Palestinian authorities were looking into the case and added, “I hope these issues will be quickly resolved.” Timothy was Eireneos’ chief rival in elections two years ago to choose a new patriarch after the death of Diodoros I in December 2000.