Bulgarian Court Releases Euroroma Leader on BGN 20 000 BailCrime | April 8, 2010, Thursday // 19:16| views
Euroroma leader Kanchev (left) has been released on bail, whereas his alleged accomplice, Hristo Varbanov, aka The Pope (right), has been left in jail. Photo by BGNES
After several failed appeals, Tsvetelin Kanchev, leader of the Euroroma party and former MP, was released on bail on Thursday.
The Sofia Appellate Court let the Roma leader go on a BGN 20 000 despite the fact that an appeal that he should be released on medical grounds was rejected by the Sofia City Court on in January, and then again in March 25, 2010.
Tsvetelin Kanchev, Hristo Varbanov, aka “Papata” (“The Pope”), and Dimo Stanchev were arrested at the beginning of December on charges of blackmailing the former Head of Civil Defense, Nikolay Nikolov.
They had demanded EUR 160 000 from Nikolov, threatening to publish incriminating documents if he did not comply.
According to Kanchev’s lawyers, he has been released because the evidence gathered with special surveillance devices did not implicate the name of the defendant in the illegal dealings with Nikolov.
Kanchev, aka “Don Tsetsi”, was luckier than his alleged accomplices as Hristo Varbanov was left behind bars, while Dimo Stanev was placed under house arrest.
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