Bulgarian Sumo Boss Denies Ties with 'Killers'

Crime | July 26, 2010, Monday // 19:22
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Sumo Boss Denies Ties with 'Killers' Bulgarian sumo dignitary Petar 'the Chieftain' Stoyanov is being led into the Sofia District Court Monday. Photo by BGNES.

The president of the Bulgarian Sumo Federation Petar Stoyanov aka the Chieftain has denied all connection to alleged organized crime group “the Killers,” reported BGNES Monday.

Stoyanov was among 20 persons arrested Friday in a special police operation codenamed “the Killers,” which targeted a group engaged in organizing paid murders.

“I don't know any of those people, and I hope to find out soon why I have been detained,” said Stoyanov, speaking before a sitting of Sofia District Court that must determine later Monday evening whether Stoyanov and other detainees will be released.

Earlier Monday the Sofia District Prosecutor's office formally charged five those arrested Friday over the murder of controversial Samokov figure Yuriy Galev.

Petar Stoyanov promised to give a press-conference to clarify the situation as soon as he is able to.

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