Busted 'Registrars' Gang Stays in Bulgarian Prison

Crime | May 1, 2010, Saturday // 15:20|  views

Sofia City Court turned down bail appeal in the trial of a Bulgarian gang dealing with the illegal registrations of cars. Photo by BGNES

The Sofia City Court decided Saturday that the 5 detained members of a newly busted criminal group codenamed 'The Registrars' stay in prison.

The gang was detained on Wednesday in a special police operation in the Bulgarian capital.

Five people were detained over charges of illegal registration of cars with the Traffic Police (KAT) to avoid emissions taxes. Several addresses were raided in the capital and some KAT officials were allegedly busted.

The gang leader is Atanas Tasev, his accomplices are Radoslav Gotsev, Zhelyazko Kalinov, Denislav Yordanov and Angel Iliev.

The 'Regisrars' are also charged with illegally trading with cars bought in from non EU countries – thus saving on VAT taxes as well as the obligatory KAT vehicle technical tests that cost about BGN 500.

Last Wednesday during police raids in the Kazanluk city, 7people were detained, including an Iranian citizen, in a special operation codenamed ‘Terrorists’, targeting a mafia group involved in the sale of Kalashnikov guns and other weapons.

Meanwhile, police in Stara Zagora and Radnevo busted 3 people during Operation 'Sweeties' who are allegedly involved in the illegal trade of spare parts for specialist tractors that work in the area of the Maritsa Iztok mines.

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