A man who created a Facebook page poking fun at a revered Greek Orthodox monk has been sentenced to 10 months in prison in Greece after being found guilty of blasphemy.
Thousands of Greeks took to social networking sites to protest against the arrest in 2012 of Filippos Loizos, 28, who used a play on words to portray Father Paisios as a traditional pasta-based dish.
“He was merely satirising in a country that gave birth to satire,” his lawyer, Yorgos Kleftodimos, said on Friday. “Never and by no means did he insult the Orthodox church.”
Father Paisios, who was revered for his spiritual teachings and said by some believers to have powers of prophecy, died in 1994.
Loizos had appealed against the ruling and would not be jailed before his case was heard by a higher court, Kleftodimos said.
The charges against him, of insulting religion and malicious blasphemy, were…
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