Bulgarian Father: Poland Secret Services Bribed Bulgarian Court

Crime | August 21, 2009, Friday // 16:13|  views

Todor Vasilev continues to claim that his kids were kidnapped by his ex-wife from Poland. Photo by BGNES

Todor Vasilev, the Bulgarian father whose kids were taken by their Polish mother in an international family drama, has described the whole affair as "kidnapping".

"The ruling of the Bulgarian court for the custody of my children is illegal. The Court was bribed by the Polish Embassy and Polish intelligence services in Bulgaria," Vasilev said, as quoted by dir.bg.

Vasilev's ex-wife, Barbara, seized their two kids from him - 8-year-old daughter Nikoleta in May 2009, and 7-year-old son Pavel on August 20, 2009 - with the aid of police and court officer despite the resistance of the children.

"The Minister of Justice, Mrs. Popova, cannot use the Hague Convention to justify the seizing of my kids. The Convention states that if the repatriation of the children threatens their psychological and physical health, the state could refuse to return them. My children had adapted here fully. If the Court was truly a Bulgarian one, it would not allow this to happen. Our new government forgot very quickly that they must work for Bulgaria, not for Poland," the father is quoted as saying.

Vasilev claims he had filmed the violent seizing of his Pavel on Thursday with his mobile phone. The tape of the seizing of his daughter Nikoleta in May 2009 led to protests in the Bulgarian society. The seizing of Pavel took place on a highway near the city of Plovdiv as Vasilev's car was pulled over by three police cars while he was heading to the Black Sea for a summer vacation with his son and his mother.

Vasilev has made it clear he would not go to Poland because it was pointless, "I am no Don Quixote to fight wind mills," he says vowing to defend his rights through the Hague Court.

In his words, his former wife has admitted she was an alcoholic. When he was in Poland, the family lived in Warsaw but today they have been taken to another town, which in his words was kidnapping.

"My kids are going to grow up, and you will see what will happen," Vasilev said.


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Tags: Poland, Todor Vasilev, custody, family drama, Nikoleta, Pavel, court, Margarita Popova, Justice Minister


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