In Leningrad, interrogated witnesses in the case of a priest Grozovsky

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Galleryparty in fotobanken Gleb Grozovsky. Archival photoIn Leningrad, interrogated witnesses in the case of a priest Grozovsky© RIA Novosti / Alexander Galleryparty the image Bank

Priozersk town court of the Leningrad region on Thursday questioned several witnesses at the first hearing on the case accused of pedophilia suspended from the service of the Russian Orthodox Church priest Gleb Grozovsky, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

According to the investigators, Grozovsky molested three girls. One episode has occurred, according to SK the Russian Federation, in the summer of 2011 in the Orthodox children’s camp in Leningrad region, two in June 2013 on the island of KOs in Greece. On Thursday, the Priozersk town court of Leningrad region has started consideration of the case Grozovsky on the merits, the hearing took place behind closed doors.

As reported RIA Novosti a source in the court, the meeting came the representatives of the victims, was questioned several prosecution witnesses. The court was invited psychologists, because the number interviewed was a minor. 18 hours after the time of the court bailiffs by order of the Chairman was asked to go out all visitors, including journalists. The meeting lasted more than four hours.

As reported RIA Novosti, the lawyer Mikhail Utkin, the next meeting is scheduled for June 27. According to counsel, after the announcement of the indictment Grozovsky said he not guilty.

2013 Grozovsky decision of the Russian Orthodox Church removed from service in connection with the allegations. For a long time the priest was hiding in Israel. Initially it was said that he had been sent there on a business trip along the line of the ROC, however, it later emerged that the departure was his personal initiative. In September 2016, the Minister was extradited to Russia. To it threatens from 12 till 20 years of imprisonment.

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