The court process against Archbishop Jovan, Bishops, monastics and faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric has ended

In the Court of First Instance Skopje I, in Skopje, the politically staged court process against Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, the Bishops: Marko of Bregalnica and David of Stobi, against the monastics and the faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric has ended.

The court process has undoubtedly shown that it is a case of state persecution on religious grounds. Although the persecution has no evidence for the sentence it proposes, there is a very obvious intent, with an in advance reached political verdict, to sentence the unjustly accused, solely because of their religious affiliation, in order to confiscate the property of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric for the benefit of the schismatic MOC (Macedonian Orthodox Church), which – on the other hand – would additionally complicate the position of the unrecognized MOC in the eventual future talks for their return to the catholicity of the Church!

The verdict is to be pronounced on July 2nd, 2013.