Bulgaria's Boevski in Shock, Moved to Another Brazilian Jail
Former Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski, who was detained at the end of last month in Brazil and accused of carrying nine kilos of cocaine in his luggage, is in a state of emotional shock and will be transferred out of Pinheiros jail.
Boevski will share a cell with other Bulgarians at the Itai prison, it emerges from a report by Manuel do Nascimento, interim ambassador at Bulgaria's Embassy in Brazil, which has been sent to the foreign ministry in Sofia.
The ministry assigned the diplomat with the task to meet personally with the head of the jail and Boevski himself.
"He is in good physical condition, but in a state of emotional shock. He just can not accept the fact that he is prison," Manuel do Nascimento wrote in his report to the Bulgarian foreign ministry.
"The conclusion of the initial medical examination upon his arrival in Itai prison is that the prisoner was in good general condition. Boevski has no other complaints except that the environment there is very different from he is used to. He has no complaints as far as the staff and guards are concerned, but just refuses to accept the conditions there," the report points out.
Boevski's lawyer however claims that his client has been abused by prisoners in the Pinheiros jail.
"Galabin has been abused by the other prisoners in the jail, not by the official authorities," his Bulgarian lawyer Ivaylo Dermendzhiev told TV 7.
In his words Boevski seemed very depressed, while his wife Krassimira broke into tears after meeting him.
It is expected that a local lawyer will be contracted to provide legal counsel to Boevski. An option is being discussed by which the Boevski family will rent a small apartment in Sao Paulo, where the former champion can be accommodated if released on bail.
There is still no indictment against Boevski, who claim he is not guilty.
Bulgaria's foreign ministry expects the verdict to follow after a trial that will begin within two to three months.
If found guilty in Brazil, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
The 36-year-old Boevski won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 152-pound category. He was banned for eight years by the International Weightlifting Federation for doping in 2004.