Sun, May 26 2013
Bobbie Tsankov in one of his latest court appearances in July 2009 as a witness in case against Zlatomir Ivanov, often described by the media as one of Bulgaria's drug bosses.
Photo: Krassimir Yuskesseliev
Authorities target between 250 and 300 people, identified as Bulgaria's crime bosses.
The court found no reason to keep Marinov under arrest, despite the prosecution's repeated attempts to make charges stick.
The court released on bail one of the main suspects over insufficient evidence.
The second suspect in the plot against the murdered former radio host Bobbie Tsankov is officially declared a fugitive
A pending prosecution for distribution of illegal software fell away after radio show host Bobbie Tsankov was shot dead on January 5 2010.
Brothers Krassimir and Nikolai Marionov, dubbed 'The Margin Brothers', are charged with plotting Bobbie Tsankov's murder
Searches and arrests follow the assassination in broad daylight of former radio host Bobbie Tsankov in Sofia
The two public shootings in Sofia were "more than a statistic", but such murders continued happening in Bulgaria and their perpetrators were never caught, European Commission (EC) spokesman Mark Gray said on April 8, as quoted by Dnevnik daily. Georgi Stoev, the author of several books on organised crime in the country, was shot shortly before 1pm on April 7 in Sofia, less than 24 hours after Borislav Georgiev, chief executive of the firm Atomenergoremont, which is closely linked to businessman Hristo Kovachki, was shot dead on the stairs of the Lyulin apartment building in which he lived.
International media gave conspicuous coverage to the murder of crime writer Georgi Stoev in Sofia. UK newspaper The Guardian reported: "Stoev, an author of several works of fiction and nonfiction on organised crime in Bulgaria, died after brain surgery, doctors said. The attackers escaped in heavy midday traffic. Media reports said Stoev was a former gang member who began writing crime novels and might have been the target of a revenge attack." The BBC also reports on Stoev's shooting, noting that his death came just hours after Borislav Georgiev, the head of an energy firm that maintains the Kozloduy nuclear plant, was shot dead in Sofia. The BBC also linked the killing to an analysis of Bulgaria's ongoing problems with organised crime.
A man, believed to be Georgi Stoev, the author of several books on organised crime in the country, was shot shortly before 1pm on April 7 in Sofia, Bulgarian news agency BTA said, quoting unnamed police sources. The man was shot near Pliska hotel on Tsarigradsko Chausse Boulevard, one of the busiest bus stops in the city. He was shot in the head and was in critical condition, BTA quoted doctor Stoyan Sopotenski at Pirogov emergency hospital as saying.
The funding is provided under the foreign military sales programme of the US army's Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
The UK nationals were arrested after throwing beer bottles at people after being refused entry to a restaurant that had closed for the night.
Restoration and development projects include Madara Horseman, Arbanassi fortress, Magura cave.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg and his spouse Margarita opened a new heating and insulation system at the Tsar Ferdinand Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases in Iskrets, a project implemented thanks to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Sofia and the Nando Peretti Foundation.
According to the law's provisions, the commission will have the power to investigate individuals without prior notification and would not require a criminal conviction in order to launch an investigation.