Exposè on Vatopedi Ephraim
New expose that aired in two parts: January 31st, 2012 PART 1, and February 15th 2012 PART 2, on ERT (Greek News Channel)
Click links below, to see videos from the Greek News channel ERT that is another expose on the Vatopedi Ephraim.
January 31st 2012
February 15th 2012
– Kostas Vaxevanis, Anchor of “Pandora’s Box” on the Greek News Channel ERT.Editor’s Note: What the esteemed Mr. Vaxevanis is indicating is that this is not systemic to the standard operating procedure of Mt. Athos, but rather an aberration of impropriety perpetrated by the organization of Elder Ephraim of Vatopedi. Well done Mr. Vaxevanis. Thank you.
NEW! Part 2 Translated!:
Click above or use this link: http://gotruthreform.org/pandoras-box-vatopedi-scandal-part-2
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By Line Comments from the ERT Website on Part 1
(items in parentheses added by Editor)(These by line comments are not as detailed as the English translation transcript of the episode itself. Still, they do highlight well)
In September 2008 the “Pandora’s Box” revealed the scandal of Vatopedi. One of the most famous monasteries of Mount Athos, under the leadership of Ephraim, (worked behind the scenes to gain ownership of) Lake Vistonida (area) from farmers and the State. When he lost legal claims, he mobilized the State apparatus itself, with (support from government) ministers to (get) illegal decrees to get what he wanted. Not only that; after receiving the areas where he (allegedly) was going to have religious institutions and schools, he exchanged the land with (other prime real estate) fillets all over Greece.
How did a group of monks interconnect in a unique way with power, businessmen, journalists and politicians, to manage a team of brokers and property managers for billions that did not belong (to them)?
“Pandora’s Box” reveals part of the financial scandal of Vatopedi, bank accounts, and real estate.
For the first time, the (former) Deputy Public Prosecutor and Appeals, Elias Koliousis, who was handling the Vatopedi case, speaks to Pandora’s Box.
Who and how pressure (was exerted) to not file (charges regarding violating) responsibilities attributed to ministers in the House?
Who and how was evidence concealed from the criminal investigation?
“Pandora’s Box” reveals the political and judicial game that wanted to pull out the “eyes” of Justice.
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Μερικά σχόλια από τό ΕΡΤ επί Μέρος Α᾽
Comments from ERT on Part 2
A revealing survey show, a hard journalistic documentary.
Kostas Vaxevanis and his team open “Pandora’s Box” and cite what has happened in society and the world.
Behind the lights of current affairs, under the dust of history there are always causes. They eventually opened (the secrets contained in) Pandora’s Box. Because nothing is as it seems …
The first part of the show reveals the blatant intervention into the judicial investigation regarding the scandal of Vatopedi: underground agreements for the exchange of Lake Vistonida, unlawful decrees in favor of the claims of the monastery, but (especially illustrates) the fearful efficiency of the administration of the Vatopedi Monastery in real estate, the establishment of off shore companies, and deposits (and management) of many billions of euros in bank accounts.
In the second part of the show, the conclusions of the journalistic investigation are similar to the findings of the judicial investigation. You cannot be (monastic) people of the Church and (at the same time) harsh managers who (capriciously) used (money) and even the sacred relics.
“Pandora’s Box” reveals how the Ephraim team handles huge amounts of money.
• Large amounts of deposits into the bank accounts of people who have no business relationship with the Abbey. (Why?)
• Who are the (influential) people who are social and friendly that surround (and help) Ephraim?
For the first time Stamatina Mandel, Executive Director of the Southwest (governmental) Service, speaks to “Pandora’s Box” on how the scandal of Vatopedi was created. It reveals how the case began with a phone call.
• Who put pressure, and how, to complete this shocking (inequitable land) exchange?
For the first time in “Pandora’s Box” reveals documents shows those who are responsible for the “sacred” scandal.
Μερικά σχόλια από τό ΕΡΤ επί Μέρος Β᾽
• Γιατί καταθέτει μεγάλα ποσά στους τραπεζικούς λογαριασμούς ατόμων, τα οποία δεν έχουν καμία επαγγελματική σχέση με τη Μονή;
• Ποιοι είναι οι άνθρωποι που αποτελούν τον κοινωνικό και φιλικό περίγυρο του Εφραίμ;
Για πρώτη φορά μιλά στο «Κουτί της Πανδώρας» η Σταματίνα Μαντέλη, στέλεχος της ΝΔ και διευθύντρια της Υπηρεσίας που «έφτιαξε» το σκάνδαλο του Βατοπεδίου. Αποκαλύπτει πώς ξεκίνησε η υπόθεση με ένα τηλεφώνημα.
• Ποιοι πίεσαν και με ποιο τρόπο να ολοκληρωθεί η σκανδαλώδης ανταλλαγή;
Για πρώτη φορά στο «Κουτί της Πανδώρας» αποκαλύπτεται έγγραφο που δείχνει τους υπεύθυνους για το «ιερό» σκάνδαλο.