Lawyer to Appeal Verdict in Bulgaria's Double Murder Case

Crime | June 12, 2011, Sunday // 11:55
Lawyer Vows to Appeal Verdict in Bulgaria's Double Murder Case: Lawyer to Appeal Verdict in Bulgaria's Double Murder Case Attorney, Marin Markovski (left), and defendant, Lazar Kolev (center) are seen in the courtroom. Photo by BGNES

Marin Markovski, defense attorney of Lazar Kolev, accused of savagely murdering two teenage girls five years ago, vowed to appeal the guilty verdict.

Markovski, cited by the Bulgarian daily 24 Chasa (24 Hours), says he will file a claim with the Court of Appeals in the city of Plovdiv and will request the entire case to be reexamined over procedural violations such as discarding expert reports and interrogations.

On Friday, Kolev, the only suspect in Bulgaria's high-profile "Belneyski" double murder case, was sentenced to life without parole by a five-judge panel of the Pazardzhik District Court.

Sisters Rositsa (18) and Kristina (15) Belneyski went missing in January 2006, after leaving a night club in the town of Pazardzhik. The sisters were found dead at the beginning of February 2006 near the town of Peshtera.

The defense council will demand a new DNA test to establish if the nails, listed as evidence, really belong to the two girls over suspicions they have been substituted. Kolev's DNA found under the nails of the girls has been considered the strongest evidence against the defendant.

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Tags: Lazar Kolev, Belneyski, Belneyski Sisters, double murder, Marin Markovski, National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, DNA, DNA analysis, alibi, Pazardzhik
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