Bulgaria Refers Mitrova Custody Case to Swedish EU Presidency

Diplomacy | October 11, 2009, Sunday // 11:50|  views

Spaska Mitrova (left) met with Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Rumiana Jeleva (right) Sunday to discuss details of the suit for the custody of her child. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria is going to refer the case for the custody of the underage daughter of Macedonian with Bulgarian passport, Spaska Mitrova, to the Swedish EU Presidency.

This move is going to be made in order to ensure the transparency of the court proceedings, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister, Rumiana Jeleva, said Sunday upon meeting with Mitrova.

The 23-year-old Mitrova was released from the Skopje jail after serving over two months of her three-month sentence. On Friday, she arrived to Bulgaria, and has been accommodated at the Boyana Residence of the Bulgarian government while undergoing medical examinations at the Military Medical Hospital.

Saturday’s examinations of the young woman have shown that she had been beaten over the head with a bat during her detention and time in jail. However, her medical condition is satisfactory.

Mitrova was sentenced in December 2008 by a Macedonian court for failing to provide a bed in her house parents for her ex-husband so that he could stay there over the weekends in order to spend time with their daughter.

The execution of her three-month jail sentenced was deferred in March 2009 at her request because of the fact she had to take care of her underage daughter. Mitrova, who also holds a Bulgarian citizenship, was jailed at the end of July, leading massive protests in Bulgaria.

Her daughter was given to her former husband for the time of her stay in jail, as she was released ahead of scheduled, the Madonian police and social services had no idea where the child was. The woman is now starting a custody trial.

Mitrova has expressed her desire to come and live in Bulgaria, and she has been offered a job by the Prime Minister Borisov, and Diaspora Minister Dimitrov. She holds a degree in English from the Southwestern University in Bulgaria’s Blagoevgrad.

Many public speakers in Bulgaria have seen Mitrova’s case as a move on part of the Macedonian authorities to scare off Macedonian citizens willing to acquire Bulgarian passport on the basis of proving their Bulgarian roots.

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Tags: Swedish EU Presidency, custody, macedonia, Spaska Mitrova, Rumiana Jeleva, Foreign Minister


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