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Serbian Orthodox Church bishop Joanikije and 8 priests indicted in Montenegro: These are the charges

Bishop Joanikije and the priests were arrested for organizing a procession through the city on feast day of St. Vasilije (Basil) of Ostrog, May 12

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The indictment proposal against the accused eight priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro and Bishop Joanikije has been submitted to the Basic Court in Niksic, and was assigned to Judge Igor Djurickovic.

According to Podgorica-based daily Pobjeda, the proposal charges them with the criminal offense of failing to comply with health regulations to combat a dangerous infectious disease, CdM website reports.

Bishop Joanikije and the priests were arrested for organizing a procession through the city on feast day of St. Vasilije (Basil) of Ostrog, May 12.

They were released on May 16, 34 minutes after midnight, while a large number of citizens welcomed them in front of the building of the Basic State Prosecutor's Office in Niksic.

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