Notorious Bulgarian Roma Crime Boss Remains in Custody
Kiril Rashkov, the notorious Bulgarian Roma alleged mafia boss, whose clan's impudence triggered what has been perceived as ethnic tensions in Bulgaria, will remain in custody, authorities have announced.
Rashkov has not appealed the decision of the regional court in the southern Bulgarian town of Asenovgrad that he is to remain in custody, the Dnevnik daily informs.
Rashkov, the self-proclaimed "Tsar Kiro" was apprehended by Bulgarian police authorities after he allegedly threatened to kill two individuals, Veselin Hristov and Ivanka Petrova, in the village of Katunitsa.
Rashkov's grandson – Kiril Rashkov Jr., has also been charged with making death threats.
The indictment stems from the claim, deposited on October 1 by Veselin Hristov, saying that Rashkov Jr. had made death threats against Hristov's nephew, Angel Petrov, 19, minutes before the latter was run over by a minivan, driven by an associate of Tsar Kiro. Petrov died as result of the incident.
On the fatal night of the murder, September 23, Hristov made two calls to the 112 emergency hotline – the first one was to report the threats; the second – that there were clashes in front of Tsar Kiro's mansion in Katunitsa, which became the crime scene minutes later when Petrov was run over.
Hristov says he filed the claim a week after the murder because when he called the criminal police chief in Asenovgrad to ask him if Rashkov Jr. will be charged, he was told that there wasn't an official complaint about him.
Bulgaria became gripped by week-long protests, after the September 23 murder. At some locations protests have turned violent and anti-Roma racist slogans were shouted. Over 350 have been arrested. Tsar Kiro is probed for tax evasion and is held under permanent detention.
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