Top Bulgarian Socialist Functionary: Nationalist Leader Must Be Stripped of Immunity
There should be no doubt whatsoever regarding stripping immunity of Bulgaria's nationalist leader, Volen Siderov, according to Socialist lawmaker, Georgi Kadiev.
Speaking in an interview for the public TV BNT on Saturday, Kadiev said that if the price was dissolution of the parliamentary group of Siderov's ultranationalist Ataka party, he was willing to pay it.
"There are actions that need to be taken even at the expense of the vote and the majority. Siderov's immunity should be waived 1000%," Kadiev stated.
In the current Parliament, the ruling partners, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) together have 120 MPs.
The opposition formerly-ruling center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) and the far-right extremist nationalist Ataka also have 120 MPs, making Ataka the parliamentary kingmaker.
Late on Monday, Siderov verbally assaulted a French cultural attaché during a Sofia-Varna flight and later attacked a passenger and a police officer in a Varna airport shuttle bus. This prompted outrage among majority of Bulgarians and among French diplomats.
As result, Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov asked that ultranationalist be stripped of his MP immunity. It will, however, depend on the Parliament to vote for it.
"The report of the Chief Prosecutor stresses that what happened on the plane is one hundredth of what happened on the ground," said Kadiev in the Saturday interview.
"The report says that a police officer was physically attacked; the access cards of security personnel have been ripped off; ID cards of policemen have been grabbed from their hands: there has been cursing and insults with qualifications like "drug dealers," added the Member of the Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).
"In another country, the police officers would not only beat such attackers, but will shoot them. Our police people do not expect protection from politicians," Kadiev underscored.
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