Bulgaria State Security Probes Muslim Mayor over Death Threats

Crime | March 17, 2009, Tuesday // 13:08|  views

The Sofia City Prosecutor, Nikolay Kokinov. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency.

The Mayor of the village of Garmen, Ahmed Bashev and religion teacher, Murad Boshnak, are being investigated over death threats against the MP, Yane Yanev.

The information was announced by the Sofia City Prosecutor, Nikolay Kokinov, who denied any investigation of the Mayor and the teacher that was connected to their alleged spreading and forcing of fundamentalist Islamic practices in the country.

The City Prosecutor's Office has issued an order requesting that the State Agency for National Security (DANS) verifies assertions from the independent member of the Parliament, Yane Yane, that the Garmen Mayor and the religion teacher have been threatening him with murder.

Kokinov said that the information was included in Yanev's signal to the City Prosecutor's Office and this was the reason why both have been interrogated by DANS Monday.

If DANS establishes proof of the threats, the Prosecutor's Office will initiate legal proceedings, according to Kokinov. If evidence of radical Islam practices becomes available in the course of the investigation, the case would be referred to the Prosecutor's Office in the Southern city of Blagoevgrad.


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Tags: DANS, radical Islam, radical Islamism, Yane Yanev, Sofia City Prosecutor, village of Garmen, Ahmed Bashev, Murad Boshnak


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