Italy’s Supreme Court Annuls 20-Year Prison Term of Alleged Drug Lord Evelin Banev
Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation has annulled the 20-year prison term of Bulgarian Evelin Banev AKA Brendo for drug trafficking and returned the case for retrial to the Appellate Court of Milan.
The Milan-based court is to hold a new trial within a year, according to Bulgaria’s Legal World magazine and the 24 Hours daily.
The decision was taken at a 2-hour meeting.
Together with the appeal of Banev’s sentence, the three judges at Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation also reviewed the appeals of 9 other people convicted under the so-called ‘Cocaine Kings’ affair, including Bulgarians Tinko Vasilev Garev, Nikolay Silvo Yovchev, Zahari Veselinov Markov, Matey Boev.
The other appeals were rejected by the Rome-based court, meaning that the sentences issued by the Appellate Court of Milan are final for them.
Garev is currently serving a different prison term in Milan, Markov is under house arrest in Rome, and Boev is also in an Italian prison.
On July 9, 2013, Banev was issued a 20-year prison term by an Italian court.
Banev was extradited to Italy after his arrest in Bulgaria in May 2012 in a special police operation codenamed "The Cocaine Kings."
In Bulgaria, Banev is tried for money laundering in the amount of BGN 21 M.
We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!
- » Ministry of Interior Will Investigate 14 Organ Transplant Surgeries in Lozenets Hospital
- » Belgian Army Deserter Nicknamed “Belgian Rambo” Found Dead after Month Search
- » Four Dead in Attack Against German Clinic
- » Bulgaria: Daring Robbery on Struma Highway in Pernik Region
- » Hollywood Action Hero Sylvester Stallone with Fake Bulgarian Passport, Found in a Police Operation
- » Crime: Mother Killed Her Own Two Children in Bulgarian Town of Sandanski