Bulgarian Roma Boss Goes to Jail for 3.5 Years, Court Confirms

Crime | April 19, 2012, Thursday // 16:41|  views

Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, and his clan triggered massive tensions across Bulgaria in September after the murder of a teenager in Katunitsa. Photo by BGNES

Notorious Bulgarian Roma boss Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, will go to jail for 3.5 years for making death threats, a second court has confirmed.

Rashkov has already been sentenced by the Regional Court in the southern Bulgarian town of Asenovgrad for threatening to murder Veselin Hristov and Ivanka Petrova, residents of the village of Katunitsa, on September 23, 2011.

On Thursday, the Plovdiv District Court confirmed Tsar Kiro's 3.5-year sentence as well as the two compensations of BGN 2000 for each of the affected persons that he is supposed to pay. The verdict is final and cannot be appealed.

The Bulgarian Roma boss Kiril Rashkov has been notorious for allegedly making a fortune by trading with fake alcohol for many years.

On September 23, 2011, his associates ran over with a minivan and killed an ethnic Bulgarian boy, 18-year-old Angel Petrov, leading to an escalation of ethnic tensions and anti-Roma protests all over Bulgaria that subsided only 2-3 weeks later.

The majority of the Bulgarians remain resentful believing that many of the Roma are part of organized crime organization and are "privileged" for hardly ever being prosecuted by law enforcement authorities.

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Tags: Roma, Roma Boss, Kiril Rashkov, Tsar Kiro, death threats, Katunitsa, Angel Petrov, Asenovgrad, Plovdiv, ethnic tensions


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