Bulgaria Delays Ruling on 'Cocaine King’ Extradition to Romania
Sofia City Court has postponed its verdict on the extradition of suspected drug lord Evelin Banev aka Brendo to Romania over lacking documents.
The next session was scheduled for the end of October.
The delay was made over the absence of information about pending cases against Brendo.
The magistrates need the information so that they can decide whether Banev should remain in Bulgaria and be obliged to make court room appearances.
Bulgaria's northern neighbor is also probing Banev and has charged him already with illegal drugs trafficking through the port of Constanta to Western Europe.
This is the second time that Romanian prosecutors have called for Brendo’s extradition. Their first request was turned down by the Bulgarian court, which demanded that Romania provides more information about the charges against Banev, but did not receive any.
Bulgaria is to pay all expenses if Brendo is to be extradited to Romania.
At the beginning of July, an Italian court sentenced Banev on first instance to twenty years in jail wrapping up the trial against the so-called "Cocaine Kings".
Banev was being held in prison in Milan, Italy, where he was extradited after his arrest in Bulgaria last spring in a special police operation codenamed "Cocaine Kings“.
Initially Banev firmly refused to travel to Bulgaria despite the opportunity to see his 10-year-old daughter Lara after she was released by her abductors.
But then he was forced to come to Bulgaria only for the court sessions of the local trial against him.
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