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Bulgarian Ultranationalist MP May Face Trial for Causing Bodily Harm

Politics » DOMESTIC | January 7, 2014, Tuesday // 13:09| Views: 1732 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Ultranationalist MP May Face Trial for Causing Bodily Harm Bulgarian ultranationalist leader Volen Siderov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian ultranationalist leader Volen Siderov may end up losing his MP immunity after the latest scandal he stirred at a local airport.

Siderov is now investigated for hooliganism and causing slight bodily harm, Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday.

Two men, including a police officer, were injured in the incident.

During a late flight from the capital Sofia to the Black Sea city of Varna on Monday, the ultranationalist lawmaker started a quarrel with Stéphanie Dumortier, a French cultural attaché in Bulgaria.

The quarrel continued in a Varna airport shuttle bus, where a young man attempted to intervene, calling Siderov a “simpleton”, according to witnesses.

Siderov and his entourage attacked the man, with the ultranationalist leader allegedly punching him in the face.

A police officer was also punched in the face in the scuffle that followed.

A total of 22 witnesses have confirmed Siderov’s involvement in the incident.

Volen Siderov, the leader of the ultranationalist Ataka  party, has been involved in a number of scandals over the last few years. In 2010, he was detained in Germany after he hurled racist insults at the attendants of a Lufthansa flight.

In September, he and a group of Ataka MPs stirred a row in a renowned Brussels restaurant.

Earlier last year, he was spotted carrying a gun to the Bulgarian Parliament.

Even though it is not officially in power, Siderov’s anti-Western party remains a key ally of the country’s fragile Socialist-led coalition government.

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