Priest in Rethymno sentenced for violating EODY’s face mask directive

A priest in Rethymno, Crete, was sentenced to nine-months in jail on Friday for inciting disobedience against the National Public Health Organization’s directive on the mandatory use of face masks.

The priest, whose sentence was suspended for three years, spoke against the use of face masks while performing a blessing ceremonyduring the opening of a local kindergarten on Monday.

The priest reportedly refused to wear the protective face mask during his trial, and told judges he would sue them for wrongdoing and refused to apologize, citing the lack of a defense attorney by his side.

The clergyman said he will appeal against his sentence, and reportedly added that it was not him who was tried, but the truth, the law and God, and said that he performed his duty without remorse and with pride. 

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