- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 5, 2005

GREECE

Churchgoers urged to squeal on priests

ATHENS — The Greek Orthodox Church is calling on the faithful to report on clergymen who break the law, following the indictment of a junior cleric accused of illicit trading in antiquities.

“The church, seeking to shed ample light on rumors and other information damaging to the honor of the priesthood, calls all the faithful who have evidence to hand it over to the responsible church authorities,” Bishop Dorotheos said in a televised announcement following a decision by the Permanent Holy Synod after an emergency session in Athens.

The Rev. Iakovos Yiosakis is being investigated on suspicion of illicit trading in antiquities. Government probers are investigating whether he acted as a go-between for litigants and bribe-taking judges in Piraeus, Greece’s largest port city.

POLAND

Accused lawmakers face loss of pay

WARSAW — Polish lawmakers will be paid half their salary if they are “jailed temporarily” but won’t receive their daily parliamentary allowance, the Senate decided last week.

The 63-6 vote came on an amendment that distinguished between temporary detention, while a lawmaker is being investigated, and jail time after conviction. Twelve senators abstained.

A parliamentarian sentenced to prison would forfeit salary and the daily allowance for attending parliamentary sessions, while those in temporary detention would lose the daily allowance but still get half their salary.

SCOTLAND

Environmentalists clash over windmills

LONDON — Until recently, David Bruce was content to teach computer classes and enjoy the view of the rough and open Scottish countryside from his home on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Now he has joined a growing group of Scots who spend their time tilting at windmills. For it is windmills, hundreds and hundreds of them, that are about to become the most prominent feature in Mr. Bruce’s landscape.

Weekly notes

Undaunted by a lack of evidence, the British Defense Ministry refuses to rule out the possibility of alien life forms visiting Earth, the Financial Times reports. It quoted from a confidential letter by an official admitting the ministry records accounts of people claiming to have seen alien life in Britain. Though “only a handful of reports in recent years have warranted further investigation and none revealed evidence of a threat,” the letter said the ministry is “totally open-minded” about the possibility of alien life and collected information “solely to establish whether what was seen might have some defense significance.”

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