Bulgarian 'Migrant Hunter Icon' under Investigation

Crime | November 16, 2016, Wednesday // 08:15
Bulgaria: Bulgarian 'Migrant Hunter Icon' under Investigation

Bulgaria's "most famous" migrant hunter, Dinko Valev, is being investigated over alleged incitement of discrimination, violence and hatred along ethnic lines, the prosecution says.

Gospodin Valev, known by his first name's shorter form Dinko, rose to notoriety by becoming the most prominent vigilante hunter performing citizen's arrests of migrants in southern Bulgaria.

Human rights activists have been trying to trigger an investigation for months, referring his actions to the prosecuting authority.

Late into the winter, Valev was seen bragging about his actions on national TV. A number of migrant hunters appeared later along the borders to "protect" the country from the inflow of irregular migrants.

A prosecutor in the town of Sredets earlier this year found that he should be charged, but handed over the case to the Sofia prosecution, arguing the crime he allegedly committed took place in Sofia, since his statements were aired from Sofia, where private broadcaster bTV is based.

However, the Sofia Regional Prosecutor's Office returned the case to Sredets, which subsequently tried once again to delegate it to the capital.

 

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