Appeal Court Postpones Bulgarian Ex PM Murder Trial

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Appeal Court Postpones Bulgarian Ex PM Murder Trial This file photo shows two of those convicted for the murder of former Bulgarian PM Lukanov. Sofia Court of Appeals postponed Monday the appeal of the sentences as one of the lawyers failed to appear. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

The Court of Appeals postponed Monday the hearing of the assassination case of Bulgarian ex-Premier Andrey Lukanov.

Five people, including two Ukrainians, are appealing against their life sentences.

As one of the lawyers failed to show up at courtroom, the next hearing was scheduled to take place on June 27.

Two Ukrainians, Bulgarian entrepreneur Angel Vassilev and his driver Yuri Lenev, as well as Georgi Georgiev were sentenced to life imprisonment at the end of November 2003.

One of the two Ukrainian suspects - Alexander Russov - was pointed by the court as the perpetrator of the 1996 assault against Lukanov, one of the leading figures in the country's former communist regime.

Building contractor Angel Vassilev was named by the prosecution as the mastermind of the murder, allegedly driven by economic motives. The others were pointed as accomplices in the crime.
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