Bulgarian Police Work - This Is Not CSI

Editorial |Author: Maria Guineva | January 17, 2012, Tuesday // 15:02|  views

The dead body of a Bulgaria teen, Miroslava Nikolova, 17, was found by the police in the suburbs of the western city of Pernik last Thursday after two months of active search, which involved the information systems of Schengen and Interpol.

For two months, in attempt to reinforce the bragging that kidnappings in Bulgaria have finally come to an end with GERB's rule and police work, the authorities tried to convince the parents and the public that the girl was either trafficked abroad as a white slave or ran away from home, and was "drinking cocktails in Germany" (per statements of the anti-Mafia Unit Head, Stanimir Florov).

When the body was discovered, the Interior Ministry trumped a huge success in solving a serious crime case. The glory was, however, quickly dimmed by the suicide of one of the main suspects, who while in handcuffs and guarded by police, took out a gun and shot himself in the head, during a search of his apartment.

Amidst a number of theories as to what happened, it remains unclear where the suspect was hiding the gun and how special task force policemen let him kill himself in their presence. No eyewitness has confirmed the story of the suspect being handcuffed either.

Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Florov, experts from the Institute for Psychology at the Interior Ministry, the Pernik Regional Prosecutor, and a number of other officials, invaded media with contradicting and mindboggling information about the gun, the search of the apartment, the confessions, the polygraph test and so on, and so on...

The only certain thing that emerged is that Bulgarian law enforcement cannot present any solid evidence in their investigation and is instead weaving a web of deception, controversy, insults, threats, science fiction stories and preposterous excuses about exhausted policemen to cover-up for incompetence and botched police work.

With the one suspect dead and the other diagnosed with schizophrenia, it is obvious that confessions and proof will not hold water in the courtroom – magistrates will once again take the blame; one more serious criminal case will remain unsolved; perps will be left unpunished; there will be no resignations and dismissals, and the public will never learn the truth.

As John Beyrle, former US Ambassador to Bulgaria, put it in a cable about the murder of top Bulgarian banker, Emil Kyulev, and the work of local law enforcement, citing one of his Bulgarian contacts, who told him ruefully: "This is not CSI."

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