Bulgarian 'Cocaine King''s Abducted Daughter Returned Safe, Sound

Crime | April 22, 2013, Monday // 07:53
Bulgaria: Bulgarian 'Cocaine King''s Abducted Daughter Returned Safe, Sound Monika Dobrinova, former wife of Evelin 'Brendo' Banev, with their daughter Lara. Photo from personal archive.

The abducted 10-year-old daughter of Bulgarian businessman Evelin 'Brendo' Banev, who is tried for drug trafficking in Bulgaria and Italy, has been returned unharmed.

Lara has been dropped of late Sunday night by her abductors near a police station in the southwestern Sofia Buxton district.

According to reports, she was in a state of shock, but had not suffered any injuries.

She has reportedly told the police everything she remembers from her ordeal, which began in early March.

Police have this far not officially confirmed Lara's return, but have said she is safe and sound.

It is not yet clear whether the family have paid a ransom for the child's return.

Among the hypotheses for Lara's abduction was a desire to keep her father silent regarding the activities of others during his trials.

Evelin Banev, aka Brendo, is currently held under arrest in Milan, Italy, where is being tried for the traffic of drugs, in particular cocaine; he returns to Bulgaria under custody to face similar trials in a Bulgarian court.

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