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Commenting article: Interior Min: 'Humane' Bulgarian Judiciary Serves Criminals

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has renewed attacks against a percieved ineffectiveness of the judiciary on the occasion of this week's shooting of alleged major drug boss Zlatomir Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata.

In particular, Tsvetanov argued against the practice of release on house arrest of persons convicted on first instance while their second instance appeals are under way, as is the case with Ivanov.

Tuesday Ivanov was shot and severely wounded with four bullets in downtown Sofia while entering the Central Courthouse to appear in his trial, with his life still in danger.

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#1
mut - 2 Feb 2013 // 11:41:22

about time this was highlighted criminals getting away with easy time while victims suffer because of corruption in the judicary

#2
Chushki - 2 Feb 2013 // 11:54:34

Tsvetanov is right - in Bulgaria a criminal gets convicted, sentenced then walks free. The judiciary is a joke.

#3
Thenonymous - 2 Feb 2013 // 12:58:40

Unless you are Australian.

#4
Chushki - 2 Feb 2013 // 14:15:48

The Palfreemman case goes to show that without connections in place to influence the outcome of the trial that even the Bulgarian judiciary can enjoy the odd moment of clarity - unfortunately in 99% of cases the will is lacking.

#5
peterperfect - 3 Feb 2013 // 09:51:37

A person should only get time off a sentence for the duration of time they have served in JAIL. Any time they have been allowed home whilst awaiting trial or appeal should not count towards a final sentence.

#6
Chushki - 3 Feb 2013 // 10:48:55

Welcome to Bulgara Peter!

#7
mut - 3 Feb 2013 // 11:09:00

The eu is looking at these problems in bulgaria but as the echr is overloaded with cases it will take years

so therefore if you are looking for justice you will either be dead or left as a victim for even a longer period

victims rights are being ddiscussed in europe and some progress is being made but again its a time factor

The only solution is to fast track caees it just seems crazy to think that either somebody is left in jail longer than should be or that somebody cant access justice because of corruption in an ec country
It seems in bulgaria there is one rule for bulgarian criminals and another for foreigners Time for the eu to act

#8
Chushki - 3 Feb 2013 // 11:20:49

Mut, the current BG government launched their flagship "fast track mafia court" a year ago which was supposed to deal with the problem of organized crime cases dragging on for years and justice not being served. Unfortunately the judges and therefore the results are the same.

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=135574

#9
Philippe - 3 Feb 2013 // 14:14:06

Svetanov is fast to blame justice. However, before the courthouse, there is the prosecution and the police investigation.

Most criminal cases never make it to court just because BB & Co manage not to start a police investigation.

Remember the Biratta.

#10
mut - 3 Feb 2013 // 14:23:25

I am not saying fast track cases in bg i mean in the echr

forget courts in bg all you have to do is keep making appeals

and the cases will go on for years or just pay

the whole system is corrupted

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