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(Forum 18) – Romanian Orthodox deacon Bojan Aleksandrovic is fighting an order, by the local authority, that he must demolish a church he built on his land in his home village of Malajnica in eastern Serbia . Officials say he cannot build without planning permission (although this is not required in rural areas) or the permission of the separate Serbian Orthodox Church (although this is nowhere required in law). Because Aleksandrovic is not a cleric of the Serbian Church “he has no right to ask to build a church,” the council declared. Police too have questioned him about his religious activity. “All the questions were related to Orthodox church rules and jurisdiction rather than to civil law,” Aleksandrovic told Forum 18 News Service. The Serbian government has long refused to recognize the Romanian Orthodox Church’s diocese in the country.