Bulgarian Interior Minister Denies Police Brutality

Crime | July 29, 2010, Thursday // 13:21|  views

Bulgarian interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has firmly stood up in support of actions of Bulgarian police. Photo by BGNES.

The police operation carried out in Kardzhali last Friday, when police broke in a private home and allegedly hurt people there, was thoroughly legal, stated Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov Thursday.

“Everything that took place in Kardzhali is within the bounds of the law,” said Tsvetanov, adding that until someone is proven to be guilty he, as a minister, will continue to defend “professional actions” on the part of policemen.

“We must not politicize a regular police action,” called Tsvetanov, regarding criticism on the part of both people hurt and opposition parties Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

He failed to comment whether the police had a court order to enter a private home Friday.

The interior minister was nevertheless resolute that investigation on the events will continue until a full clarification of the case. On the other hand he stated that the account the police gave does not conflict with the accounts of witnesses.

He praised the work of the Bulgarian police as a whole and largely played down allegations about other cases of arbitrary police coercion.

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Tags: Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Ministry of Interior, police, police brutality, Kardzhali, Bulgarian police


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