Key Bulgarian Trial Fails to Kick Off

Crime | November 29, 2010, Monday // 11:31|  views

The trial against some of the alleged "Impudent" gang members, seen here escorted by the police, has been postponed. Photo by BGNES

The much awaited trial against 9 Bulgarians, who have allegedly participated in an organized gang for kidnapping high-level businessmen, has been postponed.

The reason for the postponement is that one of the charged, Prokopi Prokopiev aka Poli Kulturista (The Bodybuilder) , has not received a copy of the indictment yet. The trial has been moved to December 22 2010.

The high-profile criminal case followed a special police operation entitled "The Impudent", cracking down on the alleged gang which has terrorized Bulgaria by kidnapping important businessmen and/or their relatives. The operation was carried out in Sofia and in the northern cities of Veliko Tarnovo and Montana.

A total of 27 people were detained by the police on December 18 2009.The special operation was conducted jointly by the Interior Ministry, the State National Security Agency DANS and the Prosecutor's Office. At the time, the Interior Ministry announced all had long rap sheets, including robberies and murders.

Among the 9 accused in the postponed trial, Ivaylo Evtimov and Prokopi Prokopiev are charged with racket and with organizing a kidnap gang.

Daniel Dimitrov, Lyubomir Dimitrov, brothers Radoslav and Mitko Lebeshevski, Pavel Petkov, Kiril Kirilov, and Tsvetozar Slavchev, are all charged as accomplices in a total of 11 high-profile abductions over the last years.

The postponement of the trial comes just before the experts from the European Commission's scheduled visit December 1-3. They will conduct a check of the work of Bulgaria's Prosecutor's Office.

As Bulgaria's Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Galina Toneva, said, her office will account for their success related to the two high-profile criminal cases – "The Impudent" and "The Killers (a group executing murders for hire)

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