Bulgarian Roma Boss Obscene Behavior Ruling Turns Effective

Crime | June 7, 2012, Thursday // 12:59
Bulgarian Roma Boss Obscene Behavior Ruling Turns Effective: Bulgarian Roma Boss Obscene Behavior Ruling Turns Effective Roma clan leader Tsar Kiro, was sentenced to a public reprimand and jail time for cursing and flicking off a crowd gathered for his trail. Photo by dariknews.bg

Notorious Bulgarian Roma boss, Kiril Rashkov AKA Tsar Kiro has not appealed his jail sentence for an obscene gesture he made to a crowd and it is now effective.

The news was reported Thursday by Rashkov's lawyer, Daniel Angelov.

At the end of April, the Asenovgrad Regional Court sentenced Roma clan leader Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, to a year and two months of imprisonment and a public reprimand for cursing and flicking off a crowd on December 8, 2011.

The public reprimand was to be read out loud by the Mayor of Katunitsa in front of local villagers.

Technically, 69-year-old Rashkov was not going serve the prison term of a year and two months anyway because the heavier sentence of three years and six months of imprisonment against him entered into force prior to it.

Rashkov's penalty for hooliganism could have been appealed before the Plovdiv District Court but his defender told journalists as soon as the verdict was read that they were not planning to raise objections.

Angelov says Rashkov's behavior had been provoked by residents of Katunitsa, who had been shouting "murderer" as his client was leaving the building of the Regional Court in Asenovgrad.

The obscene gesture was witnessed by journalists and court guards and was caught on security cameras, which caused the prosecutor's office in Asenovgrad to initiate a self-referral.

Previously, the Asenovgrad Regional Court sentenced Rashkov to three and a half years of imprisonment for issuing a death threat against Veselin Hristov and Ivanka Petrova, residents of the southern Bulgarian village of Katunitsa.

On April 19, the Plovdiv District Court upheld the verdict of the court of first sentence.

The threats were made hours before 19-year-old Angel Petrov got ran over by a minivan driven by a man linked to the Roma clan leader.

The accident heightened ethnic tensions and triggered massive protests in Katunitsa and in a number of other big cities in the country.

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Tags: Tsar Kiro, Kiril Rashkov, Katunitsa, Asenovgrad, Plovdiv, ethnic tensions, Roma, clan, obscene, gesture, Asenovgrad Regional Court, public repremand, imprisonment

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