Bulgaria Requests Extradition of 2 Burgas Bus Bombers

Politics » DEFENSE | September 12, 2013, Thursday // 12:12
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Requests Extradition of 2 Burgas Bus Bombers Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian prosecution has requested the extradition of two suspects for the 2012 Burgas bus bombing, revealed Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov Thursday.

"The charges against the two individuals shall be filed in the Burgas District Court by March 2014," said Tsatsarov at a sitting of Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council.

According to the Chief Prosecutor, there are legal means available for the extradition of the two suspects, whose identities he did not specify.

However, in July the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior for the first time revealed the names of two suspects for the July 2012 terror attack, which killed 5 Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian bus driver, and a presumed suicide bomber.

Those are Australian citizen Meliad Farah, aka Hussein Hussein, and Canadian citizen Hassan El Haj Hassan.

In July 2012, the two used false identities to register at Bulgarian hotels.

"We know the countries where those two suspects are located. At present we are conducting actions to identify their third accomplice," said Chief Prosecutor Tsatsarov Thursday.

At an international security conference in Sofia Wednesday, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev described the Burgas bus bombing as "Bulgaria's September 11."

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