Bulgarian Businessman Atanas Bobokov Will Remain in Custody

Crime | July 27, 2020, Monday // 23:59
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Businessman Atanas Bobokov will remain in custody. This was decided by the Appellate Specialized Criminal Court.

Bobokov's defense demanded that he needs to be released from custody due to deteriorating health. He has complaints of pain in the knee due to a previously changed knee joint.

The businessman is accused of participating in an organized criminal group. His company was involved in the processing of illegal imported waste. According to the state prosecution, there is no dispute in the case that hazardous waste was stored on a territory used by Bobokov's companies. The main controversial point is what responsibility Bobokov takes for the violations. The defense is of the opinion that the responsibility for control falls on state institutions. The prosecution believes Bobokov is guilty of illegal waste treatment, which is confirmed by the testimony of witnesses in the case. It is also stated that there is evidence of cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and Water and the businessman's companies. Earlier, the deputy minister in the  Ministry of Environment and Water was arrested on charges of aiding illegal activities.

The appellate panel found that the decision was correct and justified. The court ruling is final and not subject to appeal.

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