In an unprecedented move, Eritrean bishops in the Orthodox Church have expelled their former patriarch, Abune Antonios. Antonios, who was the head of the church until 2006, was accused of heresy in a statement signed by a group of top bishops.
He has for a long time been a critic of the government and was deposed and put under house arrest 13 years ago. His followers accuse the government of interfering in church affairs.
He was deposed in 2006 after he refused to excommunicate 3,000 members of a Sunday school movement.