Archimandrite Efraim Koutsou

Aliases:
  • Yefrem Koutsou
  • Ephraim Koutsou
Archimandrite Efraim Koutsou
Archimandrite Efraim Koutsou

Archimandrite Efraim Koutsou is a priest of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He was the superior of Vatopedi Monastery in Mount Athos, Greece.

In October of 2009 Koutsou was convicted by a Greek court of instigating the decision of a judge to delay publishing a 2004 ruling against the monastery in a property dispute with the state. He was given a 15 month suspended sentence, but was acquitted in 2012.

Koutsou was given a 10-month suspended jail sentence for being a moral accomplice to a breach of duty by an appeals court in Thrace in December, 2010. The monk had been accused of colluding with Maria Psalti, the former judge of a first instance court in Rhodope, northern Greece, where tracts of land involved in the swap are located. He was acquitted in 2017.