Bulgarian ex-Tsar to Appeal Tsarska Bistritsa Ruling
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, formerly Tsar and Prime Minister of Bulgaria, is to appeal a court ruling under which the royal residence Tsarska Bistitsa is a state property.
The Sofia District Court says that Simeon-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and his sister Maria-Louisa are to hand the residence back to the state and are to pay compensations of BGN 140 752 each, as well as interest amounting to BGN 80 000, for using the property without any legal justification for a period of 5 years, from March 2006 to March 2011.
Their lawyers have not yet received the verdict, but will issue a statement after making themselves familiar with the document, the website Dariknews.bg reports.
Tsar Simeon II is the last monarch of Bulgaria, having reigned with regents 1943-1946 (aged 6-9), after the death of his father Boris III.
After the communist takeover in 1944, a controversial referendum was held in 1946, at which people voted in support for the creation of a republic, and this led to banishing the royal family from the country.
In 1947, a new constitution was adopted, proclaiming Bulgaria a republic.
Simeon returned to Bulgaria in 2001 and swiftly founded a liberal political party (National Movement Simeon II, later National Movement for Stability and Prosperity), which won a landslide victory in the general elections the same year.
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