Court Upholds Sentences of Roma Who Ran over People in Bulgaria's Katunitsa

Crime | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 16:50
Bulgaria: Court Upholds Sentences of Roma Who Ran over People in Bulgaria's Katunitsa Hristov and Georgiev have been re-sentenced to 7 and 6 years in prison for deliberately running over people with their cars in the village of Katunitsa. Photo by 24 Chasa daily

The Plovdiv Appellate Court has upheld the sentences of Spas Hristov and Georgi Yordanov, ethnic Roma who ran over ethnic Bulgarians during tensions in the village of Katunitsa in September 2011.

Hristov and Yordanov were found guilty by the Plovdiv District Court of running over Petar Georgiev, Valentin Kostov, and Atanas Vasev, causing them wounds, on September 23, 2011, after Roma related to the clan of Roma baron Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, ran over and killed 19-year-old ethnic Bulgarian Angel Petrov.

Spas Hristov has been sentenced to 7 years in jail and a revocation of his driver's license for a period of 10 years. Georgi Yordanov has been sentenced to 6 years in jail, and a revocation of his driver's license for a period of 9 years.

Hristov and Yordanov are sentenced to pay Petar Georgiev a total of BGN 10 000, and Hristov is sentenced to pay Atanas Vasev BGN 5 000.

The ruling of the Plovdiv Appellate Court can be appealed before Bulgaria's Supreme Court of Cassation within 15 days.

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Tags: Roma, Plovdiv Appellate Court, Katunitsa, Angel Petrov, Spas Hristov, Georgi Yordanov, Kiril Rashkov, Tsar Kiro
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