Saxe-Coburg Still "Undecided" about Suing Bulgaria over Property Rights
Former Bulgarian Tsar Simeon Saxe-Coburg, who also served as the country's PM 2001-2005, still has not finally decided whether to sue the Bulgarian state in the European Court of Human Rights over suspended property rights.
This has been announced by Mincho Spasov, deputy chair of the centrist NDSV, the party founded and formerly led by Simeon Saxe-Coburg, in an interview for the state-owned Bulgarian National Television.
The statement contradicts local media reports, according to which Saxe-Coburg filed a complaint a month ago.
Spasov explained that the former king was assured by highly qualified lawyers that there are very high chances that he wins the case against Bulgaria in Strasbourg for freezing his ownership of lands formerly returned to him.
In the end of 2009 the Bulgarian Parliament voted to freeze the former Tsar's rights to lands in the Rila mountains, on grounds of information disclosed after an investigation at the Ministry of Agriculture, according to which the former monarch was granted more land than his family actually owned. Bulgarian courts have also found a number of errors and violations in the procedure for returning lands to Simeon.
The question of the so called “Tsar’s estates” has become an issue disgruntling the Bulgarian society in the recent years over doubts that the property was given to Saxe-Coburg unlawfully during his term as Prime Minister (2001-2005).
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 1946, at which people voted in support for the creation of a republic, and this led to banishing of 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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