Bulgaria's Ex-King "Upset" by Italian Claims

Politics | June 18, 2006, Sunday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Bulgaria's former child king and ex-PM has told Italian press he was upset and offended by recent bribery claims.

Simeon Saxe-Coburg has told La Stampa that accusations against him were ungrounded, and that he was pained by the fact that someone could stain his reputation so easily, according to Darik radio.

Saxe-Coburg's name ended up in Italian press Saturday in connection to the arrest of his cousin - Victor Emmanuel, the son of Italy's last king.

The prince was arrested on Friday on suspicion of having contacts with the Mafia, as well as of playing a role in the hiring of prostitutes for clients of a casino in Campione D'Italia, the Italian enclave in Switzerland.

One of the claims against him said Victor Emmanuel and partner Pierpaolo Cerani paid money to Saxe-Coburg for a promise to win a tender in Bulgaria.

Sunday's Bulgarian press cited ministers in the past Saxe-Coburg cabinet as saying that the Simeon II National Movement had not received money from Cerani.
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