St. Petersburg court extends detention of Russian priest charged with pedophilia
ST. PETERSBURG, May 19 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – The St. Petersburg City Court has extended detention of Russian priest Gleb Grozovsky, who stands charged with sexual abuse of children, until June 14, RAPSI learnt on Friday from the court’s press-service.
According to investigators, Grozovsky committed several crimes against minors in 2011 and 2013.
In 2013, he fled to Israel and applied for citizenship. However, his application was dismissed.
In April 2014, Grozovsky was put on the international wanted list. Israeli police arrested him in September. In January 2015, a court in Jerusalem ruled that the priest should be extradited to Russia pursuant to the European Convention on Extradition. The ruling was appealed but rejected. In April 2016, the Justice Minister signed an order on Grozovsky’s extradition.
In September 2016, the priest was extradited from Israel.
Defense lawyers claim that charges against Grozovsky are politically motivated.