The Serbianna website reports today (February 23,2010) that Serbia has issued an international warrant for the arrest of a priest from Kosovo suspected of embezzling state and church funds.
Belgrade's Higher Court says it has launched an investigation against Simeon Vilovski on suspicion that he embezzled money that was meant for reconstruction of churches in Kosovo.
Media have reported that Vilovski may have fled to Greece. Vilovski had served in Kosovo under hardline Orthodox Church Bishop Artemije, who was recently replaced by the church over similar allegations.
Hundreds of Serbian Orthodox Churches and monasteries are located in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. Most nations of the world -- as well as the United Nations and the European Union -- have refused to recognize Kosovo as an independent country; moreover, Serbia has appealed to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, in an effort to return Kosovo to its pre-secession status of being a province in Serbia.