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The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), appeal for release of Archbishop Jovan

Filed under: General — December 21, 2006 @ 4:57 am

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The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), which includes representatives of the High Clergy of the dioceses of the Albanian, Antiochan, Bulgarian, Carpatho-Russian, Greek, Romanian, Serbian, Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church of America (http://www.goarch.org/en/archdiocese/organizations/scoba.asp) published an appeal on their web page for release from prison of Archbishop Jovan (http://www.scoba.us/news/newsdetail.asp?id=303).

In the appeal for release, fully given in the following text, the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas also condemns the imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan based on charges for which he was previously acquitted, and at the same time calls upon the government of the United States of America to facilitate the implementation of the release.

12/19/2006

Press Release
December 19, 2006

SCOBA HIERARCHS APPEAL FOR
ARCHBISHOP JOVAN’S RELEASE FROM PRISON

New York - The Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) expressed at their meeting today their bond of brotherly love with Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid and condemned his second imprisonment by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

We continue to be grieved by the imprisonment of this Hierarch of the Orthodox Church, the disregard for his physical maladies, and the violation of his human rights, with negative implications for the faithful of his Archdiocese.

It is well known that Archbishop Jovan was previously acquitted of the charges against him. Nevertheless, he is imprisoned again.

We, the Hierarchs of SCOBA justifiably expect the appropriate authorities of FYROM to take the steps necessary to free Archbishop Jovan from prison. We also call upon our government of the United States of America to facilitate the implementation of his release.

Contact: SCOBA Office
8 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: 212/570-3593

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