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Nesebar municipal councillor Peyko Yankov charged with participating in criminal group led by Dimitar Zhelyazkov

Nesebar municipal councillor Peyko Yankov charged with participating in criminal group led by Dimitar Zhelyazkov

13 August 2018 | 14:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Prosecutor’s Office has accused Peyko Yankov, municipal councillor in Nesebar, of participating in a criminal group for racketeering, assaults, drug distribution, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
The Special Prosecutor’s Office has asked the Special Criminal Court for his permanent detention, the request will be considered on August 15.
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Mladen Marinov, interior ministry: Dimitar Zhelyazkov detained in Turkey for up to 30 days

Mladen Marinov, interior ministry: Dimitar Zhelyazkov detained in Turkey for up to 30 days

7 August 2018 | 15:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Dimitar Zhelyazkov has been detained by the Turkish authorities for up to 30 days, Ministry of Interior Secretary General Mladen Marinov said at a briefing in Elin Pelin with regard to the investigation against a criminal group led by Zhelyazkov, Focus News Agency reports.
“At the moment Dimitar Zhelyazkov is detained by the Turkish authorities for up to 30 days – that’s the procedure,” the secretary general said.
Regarding the seven people caught together with Dimitar Zhelyazkov in Istanbul, Marinov said that after their return to Bulgaria they were detained by the police for 24 hours and then released, and now the prosecutors will decide on what charges to bring.
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Kiril Dobrev: BSP has no black money, it receives enough subsidy and needs no other funding

Kiril Dobrev: BSP has no black money, it receives enough subsidy and needs no other funding

7 August 2018 | 14:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. BSP has no black money, the party receives state subsidy and needs no other funding, its deputy chairman Kiril Dobrev told a party press conference with regard to the detention of Dimitar Zhelyazkov and Zhelyazkov’s connection with city councillor Bencho Benchev, Focus News Agency reports. Dobrev said that Benchev is a representative of a BSP coalition partner in Burgas. “The only money Bencho Benchev has given to BSP is the BGN 70 that the group of city councillors collects for its activity,” Dobrev said.
BSP in turn criticised the latest allocation from the state budget to municipalities via decree, which according to Dobrev might be a way to buy support within parliament and for the next local elections. Within less than a year, the government has allocated BGN 360 million by decrees, he said.
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Emanuil Yordanov: After the case of Dimitar Zhelyazkov, optimism that we are leading Europe should be more moderate

Emanuil Yordanov: After the case of Dimitar Zhelyazkov, optimism that we are leading Europe should be more moderate

6 August 2018 | 17:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Since we have such a case, after half a year of boasting that we are leading Europe forward, I think optimism should be more moderate. This was said by lawyer and former interior minister Emanuil Yordanov in an interview with Focus News Agency with regard to the operation on August 2 in Burgas region and the detentions in Istanbul on August 4 to 5. Regarding the extradition of Dimitar Zhelyazkov, Yordanov commented: “I suppose he will be extradited either through the speedy procedure or following longer proceedings in Turkey. Then things will be in the hands of our institutions, first the prosecutor’s office and then the court, and one would normally expect a new, tougher sentence than the previous one.”
According to Yordanov, the involvement of people of that profile with political circles has not been so common lately. “Zhelyazkov is a representative of the older generation in the criminal world – from the time when they were too brutal and before the criminal bosses started to move to legitimate activities. I think this sort of things has been fading, and if the state works normally, it may soon be just a memory. Since we have such a case, after half a year of boasting that we are leading Europe forward, I think optimism should be somewhat more moderate,” he said.
Yordanov said that well collected evidence, if so, will secure an effective sentence against Zhelyazkov, more severe than the previous ones. “What has been done will be seen at the end when criminal prosecution is over,” he added.
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Prosecutor: The Special Prosecutor’s Office widens investigation to money laundering and tax offences

Prosecutor: The Special Prosecutor’s Office widens investigation to money laundering and tax offences

6 August 2018 | 15:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Prosecutor’s Office is expanding its investigation into a criminal racketeering group to money laundering and tax offences, Rumyana Arnaudova, Spokeswoman of the Prosecutor General, told Focus News Agency.
She said that Bencho Benchev, Nesrin Uzun and Yovcho Domuschiev helped Dimitar Zhelyazkov to avoid criminal prosecution by hiding abroad. The prosecutors found out that on August 3 Dimitar Zhelyazkov crossed the Greek-Turkish border in a van of a company owned by Bencho Benchev. Yovcho Domuschiev and Bencho Benchev were also in the van. In Turkey, they stayed in hotel rooms booked by Nesrin Uzun. That evidence has been taken out of the Special Prosecutor’s Office’s investigation and sent to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Burgas, Arnaudova said. For offences committed abroad, the competent prosecutor’s office is the one in the area where the perpetrators are registered, she explained.
The seven detained people, including Bencho Benchev and Nesrin Uzun, have been released after the expiry of the maximum detention term.
Focus recalls: On August 2, the Special Prosecutor’s Office dismantled a criminal group that had long been involved in racketeering, arson, assaults. Through threats and arson, the group members racketeered businesses on the southern Black Sea coast and in the Sunny Beach resort.
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Prosecutor: One of the members of the criminal group dismantled in Burgas is a municipal councillor in Nesebar

Prosecutor: One of the members of the criminal group dismantled in Burgas is a municipal councillor in Nesebar

3 August 2018 | 15:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. One of the group members is a municipal councillor in Nesebar, the head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, Daniela Nacheva, said during a press briefing in reference to yesterday's police operation in Burgas that dismantled an organised crime group, Focus News Agency reports.
“The municipal councillor has not appeared so far. Still, yesterday, a police search found BGN 60,000 in a safe deposit box that belonged to him,” Nacheva commented. Luxury cars used by the group, drugs and parts for weapons were seized, she said.
An operation led by the Special Prosecutor’s Office dismantled yesterday a criminal group, which, over a long period of time, had been involved in extortion, arson, assault and other crimes. “The main scheme under which the group members were working involved finding legitimate and successful businesses located along the south Black Sea coast and through threats or arson attacks forcing them to pay ‘protection money’,” Nacheva explained.
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Prosecutors detain criminal group on southern Black Sea coast

Prosecutors detain criminal group on southern Black Sea coast

2 August 2018 | 10:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. A criminal group for racketeering, assaults and drug distribution was detained today in the region of Burgas. The operation was carried out by the Special Prosecutor’s Office together with the General Directorate for Combating Organised Crime, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
The group’s leader and members are known for their involvement in criminal activity. The investigation is ongoing in the city of Burgas and its region.
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