Bulgaria Reopens Case Implicating Ex PM in Police Murder

Crime | March 25, 2013, Monday // 13:44
Bulgaria Reopens Case Implicating Borisov in Police Manslaughter: Bulgaria Reopens Case Implicating Ex PM in Police Murder Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, has ordered the reopening of the investigation in the notorious case in the death of Todor Todorov AKA Chakara.

Tsatsarov has asked Monday the Supreme Court of Cassations to re-launch the case.

In November, the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights found Bulgaria guilty of failing to protect Todorov's right to live. He is a convict who was killed in a pompous police operation, led by then police Chief Secretary and former Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

The rule became effective on February 6 and has been received at the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassations on March 1.

The case relates to events back in 2003 when businessman Todor Todorov AKA Chakara had to be detained to serve 6 months in prison for giving premises belonging to him to be used as а brothel.

Todorov, however, refused to surrender to the police, and instead barricaded himself in a villa near the southern Bulgarian town of Harmanli.

In the much-publicized police operation, led by Borisov, numerous heavily armed officers besieged Todorov's house.

The police and special units even used a grenade launcher against the house and caused a fire, which eventually resulted in the convict's death.

In its decision, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg determined that Bulgarian police had used inordinately excessive force against the convict and did not respect his right to live.

Police knew that Todorov was alone in the house. However, the operation included 55 regular police officers, 30 people from a special counter-terrorism unit, 19 border police officers, 3 psychologists and, at its close police chief secretary Borisov himself.

A Bulgarian military court investigation of what happened did not find any breaches of procedure in the actions of the police.

The official police version was that Todorov blew himself up with a hand grenade.

The European Court of Human Rights has decided that Bulgaria has to pay Todorov's widow and two sons EUR 50,000 indemnities.

"If there is a real Prosecutor's Office in Bulgaria, it must right away start an investigation against Boyko Borisov," said one of the claimants' lawyers, Mihail Ekimdzhiev, for the site LegalWorld.bg.

In interviews after the tragic incident Borisov has stated that he assumes all responsibility for the operation, which according to him was flawlessly executed.

The case has been among those considered a litmus test for the new Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov.

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