Serbian Bishop Artemije’s Associate Arrested

Author: Bojana Barlovac
Date Published: 03/12/2010
Publication: BalkanInsight.com

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic has announced that Monk Simeon Vilovski, suspected of abusing his post in the Diocese of Raska and Prizren, was arrested in Greece on Thursday.

In an interview with the Tanjug news agency, Dacic said that Greek police arrested Vilovski, for whom an international arrest warrant has been issued, around noon on the outskirts of Thessaloniki.

On February 17, police launched a probe into allegations on fraud inside the Diocese of Raska and Prizren on the basis of charges filed by the Church. Bishop Artemije, who led the Diocese, has been temporarily removed from his post awaiting the final decision of the Church Council in the spring.

According to a report issued by a Church commission looking into the Artemije case, which Balkan Insight has seen, money donated to the diocese allegedly funded the lifestyles of several of the Bishop’s close associates.

The alleged beneficiaries included Vilovski and Rade Suboticki. The two men operated Rade Neimar, a construction firm linked to the church, which was engaged in the reconstruction of monasteries destroyed during the March riots that swept Kosovo in 2004.

According to the report, Simeon Vilovski received