Bulgaria Ex Parliament Speaker Sentenced over Deadly Crash

Crime | July 2, 2010, Friday // 13:12|  views

Bulgaria's ex Parliament speaker, Borislav Velikov, who pleaded guilty for killing a man in a car accident in 2009, has received a 1-year suspended sentence and 3 years of probation. Photo by BGNES

The former speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament, Borislav Velikov, has been sentenced to a 1-year suspended sentence and 3 years of probation for killing a man in a car accident in 2009.

The accident happened on December 12. 2009 in between the Sofia neighborhoods of Ilientsi and Trebich between Velikov's Audi and a Moskvich, and ended in the Moskvich driver being killed.

According to preliminary data, Velikov has been driving with high speed and has taken a wrong overtaking.

The Prosecutions's Office has demanded a 3-year suspended sentence and 5 years of probation. The family of the victim, Slavcho Todorov, has also demanded a fair trial and BGN 400 000.

Velikov, who is an ex-MP from the party of the former Tsar and Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, has pleaded guilty. He has apologized to the Todorov's family and demanded a fair trial.

The second cousin of the victim's wife, Mitko Ivanov, has taken the stand as a witness. He told the Court that he and Todorov were very close, and that the family of the deceased had lived happily.

According to him, Todorov's two sons were very close to him and have been traumatized by the loss.

“The widow is a mess. The mother also mourns her son. She cannot get over the loss of her son,” Ivanov said.

Yavor Notev, MP from the nationalist party “Ataka”, has been defending Velikov in the Court. He has requested a settlement with the Prosecution's Office, which was not granted.

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Tags: Borislav Velikov, car accident, sofia, Audi, Moskvich, suspended sentence, probation, prosecution


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