1 Held over Swedish Death in Bulgaria

Crime | July 18, 2007, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

A bouncer at the disco club where a Swedish tourist was beaten to death has been detained, police announced, denying initial reports of three arrests.

Yassen Minev, 29, has been charged with murder by negligence.

The tourist, a Swede of Iraqi descent aged 24, died on Monday after he was beaten up the previous night by the bouncers at the "Help" nightclub in Bulgaria's Black Sea town of Nessebar. The cause of death was the heavy bruising to his head and body, police said.

Witnesses say the tourist and a friend of his were drunk and acted aggressively when they entered the disco club. As bouncers tried to take them out of, the two young men threatened them with a knuckle-duster and a twenty-centimetre-long knife.

Emotions over the case are running high especially after a Bulgarian TV channel aired a shooting, showing at least one policeman standing idle as the bouncers beat up the Swede.

Burgas region police commissioner Pavlin Dimitrov has ordered an internal investigation and vowed heavy sanctions if its findings confirmed what was seen in the footage, recorded by a witness at the scene.
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