Lawyer Unaware of Death Threats against Shot Bulgarian Mobster
No one has issued death threats against Bulgarian top crime boss, Zlatomir Ivanov aka Baretata (The Beret, The Barret).
The statement was made by Baretata's defense lawyer in the aftermath of breaking news that her client has been shot in broad daylight in downtown Sofia Tuesday morning.
The lawyer, Mariyana Todorova, explained she talked to him for the last time over the weekend to discuss the legal case against him.
She said, the only thing she knew at the moment was that Ivanov has been taken to the emergency "Pirogov" hospital in the capital.
Baretata was shot around 9:30 am Tuesday in the vicinity of the Central Court building in the Bulgarian capital as he was going there for a hearing.
According to several media reports, the shots came from an apartment across the Court building.
A huge fire is reported in the same building, housing apartments and several stores.
The Bulgarian Standard daily cites policemen saying they thought this was arson to cover up clues and evidence.
Eyewitnesses said they saw Baretata bleeding.
He has been shot in the leg and has been taken to the hospital. One of his bodyguards has been also injured. Again, according to eyewitnesses, the ambulance took 20 minutes to arrive.
Their lives are said to be out of danger.
The stairs of the Court building are covered with blood.
Mass police presence, including police officers and top police chiefs, is reported in the area which has been sealed.
Two fire trucks are extinguishing the fire.
The perpetrator or perpetrators, as well as the gun used, remain unknown.
Prosecutor Roman Vasilev, the Prosecutor in the case against Baretata, Biser Kirilov, and the judge, Rumyana Chenalova, are also outside, in front of the Court building.
In July 2012, Ivanov was sentenced to 8 years behind bars for participating in an organized crime group, illegal drugs trade, and for plotting the murder of Rumen Stefanov AKA Alf.
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