Court Postpones Bulgarian Underworld Bosses Trial

Crime | May 5, 2006, Friday // 00:00
Court Postpones Bulgarian Underworld Bosses Trial The trial against underworld bosses Krassimir and Nikolay Marinovi - dubbed the Marguins and another five people, said to be their accomplices starts May 5. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

Sofia City Court postponed for June 8 the trial against underworld bosses Krassimir and Nikolay Marinovi - the Marguins and five more people.

The two Marguins and their accomplices are charged with plotting three murders and arms possession.

Former Foreign Minister General Lyubomir Gotsev, Ivan Todorov- Doktora, killed in Sofia in February, and the businessman Nikola Damyanov are said to have been the targets of the murders masterminded by the two notorious brothers.

The courtroom was heavily guarded and even police officers were subjected to thorough checks. The detainees refused to be photographed. There were fourteen lawyers set to defend the Marguins and the other detainees. Two of the defence lawyers, however, failed to apper in court.

In the meantime media reported that the house of the key witness in the trial had burst into flames in the wee hours of Friday.

Velin Dobrev, whose testimony is vital for the prosecution's case had been placed under police protection when the trial started. Authorities still haven't confirmed whether the house that was set on fire close to two in the morning had really belonged to him.

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