Rompetrol Director Charged with Causing Mayhem in Bulgaria

Crime | July 31, 2010, Saturday // 19:41
Bulgaria: Rompetrol Director Charged with Causing Mayhem in Bulgaria Newly elected Speaker of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva enters the Parliament building followed by a security guard, July 2009. Photo by BGNES

Police in Veliko Tarnovo confirmed earlier reports that one of the two Romanians arrested for assaulting the security guards of the Bulgarian Parliament Speaker is a director of Rompetrol Bulgaria.

According to the director of the Veliko Tarnovo Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, the person, named “Nikita Octavian” presented himself as a “member of the board of directors of Rompetrol Bulgaria,” which information was confirmed by the police.

The person, together with his companion, “Pinzaro Ionut”, are already formally charged by the regional Prosecutor's Office with mayhem and preventing police officers to execute their duties. They have been detained for 72 hours.

The identity of the Rompetrol Bulgaria senior official in question is still not entirely certain, making it possible that he actually is the company's CEO. It is unclear whether Bulgarian media is quoting the names of the persons with their family names first. Both Octavian and Ionut are common Romanian given names.

According information from Rompetrol Bulgaria's website, the name of the company's CEO is Sorin Octavian Nichita. The individual detained is referred to as “Nikita Octavian.”

The two Romanian citizens were arrested in Arbanassi near Veliko Tarnovo after midnight Friday, when they entered in a brawl with the security guards of Speaker of Bulgarian Parliament Tsetska Tsacheva.

The two individuals, "in a manifestly inebriated condition," attempted to enter the Winepalace restaurant , which was reserved for Tsacheva and organizers and official guests of the Stage of the Ages festival held in Veliko Tarnovo over this and next weekend.

According to the account that police gave Saturday, after being denied admission to the restaurant, the two Romanians started insulting the police officers present. An official parliamentary security guard tried to explain the situation to them in English, but the Romanians allegedly assaulted the police officers present, tearing at the police badge of one of them, and hitting another on the head.

The officers called reinforcements to detain the offenders.

On the other hand, according to the Romanians' lawyer, there has been no physical contact whatsoever between his clients and the police and security officers. Moreover his clients were allegedly talked to only in Bulgarian, they were insulted and detained without knowing what was going on.

Rompetrol Bulgaria is the Bulgarian subsidiary of Romanian oil giant Rompetrol, which has a considerable market share in Bulgaria.

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Tags: Prosecutor's Office, Rompetrol, security guards, Veliko Tarnovo, Tsetska Tsacheva, Arbanassi, assault, mayhem, police
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