Bulgarian Deputy Chief Prosecutor Apologizes for Outrageous CommentsCrime | February 28, 2012, Tuesday // 17:45| views
Last week, Parvanov claimed that Prosecutors were not seeking harsher penalties for road killers and agree to plea bargains "because Bulgarian prisons are overcrowded." Photo by BGNES
Valeri Parvanov, Bulgaria's Deputy Chief Prosecutor, came up with an unconvincing excuse for his recent comments that outraged families of traffic accident victims and the general public.
Last week, Parvanov claimed that Prosecutors were not seeking harsher penalties for road killers and agree to plea bargains "because Bulgarian prisons are overcrowded."
"Children die in other circumstances too, and there are other parents in your situation," Parvanov told the mother of a 20-year-old girl who got run over at a zebra crossing in the Black Sea city of Varna.
On Tuesday, the Deputy Chief Prosecutor apologized to the parents of children killed in traffic accidents, claiming he "was misunderstood."
"I am sorry that my words were misunderstood, it is my fault that I did not express myself better," Parvanov said in a statement.
"As a human and a father, I fully sympathize with the tragedy of the affected families. Needless to say, I do not find it normal and acceptable for children or people in general to perish in such circumstances," he declared.
In the beginning of his statement, the Deputy Chief Prosecutor admitted that his apology has been triggered by the public reaction to his previous comments.
On Monday, parents of Bulgarian children killed in road accidents sent an open letter to the President, the Prime Minister, the Ombudsman, the Chief Prosecutor and the Minister of Justice demanding Parvanov's resignation over what he said last week.
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