Chief Prosecutor : Bulgaria Lacks Experience in Investigating Terror Attacks

Crime | July 19, 2012, Thursday // 11:47|  views

Chief Prosecutor Boris Velchev, photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria lacks extensive experience in investigating terror attacks but the incoming reports indicate that the case is being investigated efficiently and energetically investigated, according to Chief Prosecutor Boris Velchev.

Speaking Thursday in an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), he specified that the most experienced investigating magistrates had been dispatched to the Black Sea city of Burgas and were coordinating the process.

A bus carrying Israeli tourists exploded Wednesday afternoon at the airport of the Bulgarian resort city, killing at least eight people and wounded more than 32.

Five people died at the site of the explosion and 32 were admitted to hospital, three of which died overnight.

"Today there will be a second inspection of the site. Technical and forensic expert witness reports are yet to be prepared. Scores of witnesses are to testify about whatever element of the accident they saw," Velchev announced.

He added that the Bulgarian authorities were actively exchanging data with partner services that could be of assistance.

"Obviously, there are partner agencies with much more knowledge and experience. It is also obvious that such an attack could not be investigated efficiently without examining its potential international impact," Velchev noted.

He stressed that terror attacks were aimed at instilling chaos and fear in society.

"The more we allow them to instill unrest and fear, the more they will have attained their goal," Bulgaria's Chief Posecutor added.

He emphasized that the Penal Code provided for extremely harsh penalties for the perpetrators and accomplices of such crimes.

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