Greek Pastors Sued by Government

At least 11 pastors of the Evangelical community of Thessaloniki, Greece, were to be brought into court Dec. 12, charged with operating their churches without official "House of Prayer" licenses required by archaic and dictatorial laws still on the books.

Fotis Romeos, AMG representative in Greece, said the indicted men include the pastors of two of the oldest Protestant churches in the city: the Greek Evangelical Church of Thessaloniki, which was organized more than a century ago, and the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Thessaloniki, which has a history of many decades in the city.

The charges, which were originally brought in December of 1997, are untrue, Romeos said. He urged the international community to protest against the government's actions. Greece has already been condemned numerous times in the courts of Europe for its curtailment of religious liberty to its citizens-particularly in the European Court of Human Rights.