Bulgarian Family Demands 'Breast Cancer Ransom' Money BackCrime | February 8, 2011, Tuesday // 08:18| views
Businessman, Angel Bonchev (l) and his wife Kameliya (r), who are part of the victims of the alleged kidnap gang "The Impudent," are seen in Court during the case. Photo by BGNES
A Bulgarian family, involved in a peculiar kidnapping saga back in 2008, have demanded that the money they donated to a foundation fighting breast cancer be returned to them.
"We were forced to donate the money," Angel Bonchev, the former president of the Bulgarian Litex Football Club, admitted late on Monday, as cited by the 24 chasa daily. "Furthermore, this foundation has not shown any interest towards me and my family during the past 2 years - and my wife is fighting with cancer," he added.
Angel Bonchev and his wife, Kameliya, were both abducted for ransom in July 2008, allegedly by an organized crime group, later called "The Impudent".
Kameliya Boncheva was released on July 30 2008, 20 days after she was kidnapped. She disappeared when attempting to give her husband's abductors the first BGN 500 000 of the total of BGN 3 M that they have demanded as ransom. Angel Bonchev himself was kidnapped on May 22 and released fifty days later.
One day before Kameliya Boncheva was released, her husband announced he is donating the sum of EUR 157,000 to the Tomorrow for Everyone foundation, which fights against breast cancer. Bonchev said the money is what his friends had collected for him to pay as a ransom for the freedom of his wife.
Back then, the chairwoman of the foundation, Rumyana Kozareva, denied speculations that the money is to be given to the kidnappers, saying that Bonchev's move was very surprising to them.
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