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Commenting article: Bulgaria's Top Prosecutor: Organized Crime Is on Decline

Bulgaria's organized crime is weaker, less obvious, and less organized compared to five years ago, according to Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev.

Speaking for Darik radio Saturday, Velchev stressed that if any crime activity in Bulgaria went down, it was the organized one.

"I say this with the clear understanding that such statement could trigger irony and mockery, but it is a fact that in the last several years there is a steady trend of decline of organized crime activities, and the Netherlands, which is blocking our Schengen entry, should notice it," the Chief Prosecutor said.

Nellieherself - 19 Dec 2011 // 22:02:32

Organized crime is without borders. It flows where the money is. No money, nothing to steal, no organized crime.

Sofianits - 19 Dec 2011 // 20:37:15

Maybe it's stronger, less obvious, and more organized.

peterperfect - 18 Dec 2011 // 08:58:50

It may be weaker, it may be less obvious and it may be down, but not enough. Yes, Bulgaria's EU partners should recognise this and they do (as we saw a couple of days ago the country was praised for its work to date on crime and corruption by the EU) but there is still far to go before Schengen will be given to us. Law and justice in the country must carry on working hard so that OC is down to the levels in the northern parts of the EU, we will never eradicate it as it is a social cancer that keeps returning, but we can sit tight on the situation. Maybe then we can also look at curruption in government both national and local and other official bodies.

Sofianits - 17 Dec 2011 // 16:55:52

Perhaps the organized criminals have merely become better organized.

Committing more sophisticated crimes that are more difficult to detect, and harder to
prosecute effectively.

This would produce the reported results without any decrease in crime.

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