Two women who vandalized exhibitions in three Athens museums were each served four-month jail sentences by a misdemeanours court in Athens on Tuesday.
The two women damaged exhibits at the Byzantine and Christian, Benaki and National Historical Museums by spraying them with an oily mix. Museum staff testified that some of the stains on marble and and wooden exhibits are indelible.
The two women said that they acted “under the guidance of the Holy Spirit” in order to “sever relations with evil spirits”.
Their jail sentences are redeemable at 5 euros per day, the judge ruled, suspended if they decide to appeal. The court also set restrictive terms on them, obliging them to appear at a police station in their area of residence once a month and forbidding them from leaving the country.
The prosecuting attorney said that the women were confused because of their extreme religiosity, but “there is no issue of insanity, in the sense of not being responsible for their actions” and called on the court to sentence them without any mitigating circumstances.