Archbishop in Court on Assault Charges

November 15, 2007

Granada - The archbishop of the Spanish city of Granada, Francisco Javier Martinez, has become the first high-ranking churchman to appear before a court in Spain, press reports said on Thursday.

Martinez, whose trial started on Thursday in the southern Spanish city, is believed to have harassed a priest and stands accused of insult, assault and injury.

The alleged victim is a priest whom the archbishop removed from his position and fired.

The priest said at the opening of the trial that Martinez systematically humiliated him and falsely accused him of misappropriating church property.

Martinez denies the charges, saying he fired the priest because he lost trust in him. - Sapa-dpa


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