The Sofia Morning News website reports today (December 28, 2010) that authorities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have been requesting the extradition of Orthodox priest Jovan Vranisovski, who was arrested in Bulgaria in mid-November as a result of an international police order.
Although the insistence on the FYROM side has been firm, Bulgarian authorities have not confirmed whether they intend to deliver Vranisovski to FYROM.
Vranisovski has a 2.5-year sentence enacted against him in FYROM, which is why he left that country. Formerly, he acted as a cleric in FYROM, but presented himself as the Exarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the country.
The problem is that the Macedonian Orthodox Church split from the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1967, and is not recognized by Serbia as a separate ecclesiastical entity.
Vranisovski was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for his abuse of church money.