Mayor of Bulgaria's Sliven Faces Charges over Traffic Offense
Authorities in Bulgaria are beginning a pre-trail procedure against the Sliven Mayor and Bulgaria Football Union Vice President, Yordan Lechkov, over a traffic offense.
The information was reported Wednesday by the Chief of the 1st Police Precinct is Sofia where Lechkov failed to appear at 10 am as summoned. The Mayor explained his absence with urgent and pressing commitments he already made and informed he would notify the police by the end of the day when his schedule will allow him to appear before them.
The Police Chief says that if Lechkov had insulted the traffic policemen he can be charged and if he fails to appear, a search warrant could be issued for him.
On Tuesday, the Sliven Mayor, was stopped by a traffic patrol in Sofia for exceeding the speed limit. According to the police, he had thrown his documents (ID and car registration) at them, made rude gestures, and sped off. That same evening he had been stopped again near the southern city of Stara Zagora, where the traffic police found out he did not have any papers on him.
As result, Lechkov was summoned to Sofia Wednesday to give explanations. Police say they have witnesses, who can testify about the way the Mayor treated the policemen.
Lechkov is generally regarded as one of the best players to come out of Bulgaria and was a key member of the squad which reached the semi-finals of the 1994 World Cup Finals.
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