Notorious Bulgarian Roma Boss: Killed Boy Was 'Extremist'

Society | September 24, 2011, Saturday // 19:40|  views

Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, a well-known Bulgarian Roma clan leader, has been involved in a number of criminal and shady activities, such as bootleg alcohol production and invasion of public land. File photo.

Notorious Bulgarian Roma boss Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, has stated his family have nothing to do with the death case that provoked ethnic unrest in the village of Katuntsi.

Friday evening a van driven by Roma ran over to death 19-year-old local ethnic Bulgarian Angel Petrov, in what fellow villagers believe was a deliberate action.

This led ethnic Bulgarians to vandalize extensive property of the Rashkov family in the village, which prompted the deployment of riot police.

"Neither I nor my family have anything to do with the death case," said Tsar Kiro for Nova TV Saturday evening.

He went on to characterize Petrov as belonging to "a group of extremists" who have been molesting his family for years.

"My family won't be moving of Katunitsa, as some villagers have requested. If they desire, they can move out," commented Tsar Kiro on calls from some angry rioters.

According to Plovdiv regional police head Todor Chonov, the Rashkov family has had an ongoing property conflict with the family of the killed Angel Petrov, with both parties having lodged complaints with the authorities.

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Tags: Tsar Kiro, Kiril Rashkov, Katunitsa, Plovdiv, Todor Chonov, violence, killed, Roma


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