Bulgaria to file charges against Burgas bomb suspects by March 2014
The Bulgarian chief prosecutor’s office announced that it plans to file charges against suspects presumed to be involved in the July 2012 Burgas bus bombing, which caused the deaths of seven people, the local media reported, September 12.
“The charges against two individuals shall be filed in the Burgas District Court by March 2014,” Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov told reporters, according to Sofia news wire Novinite.com.
The Burgas bus bomb killed five Israelis, their Bulgarian driver and the presumed suicide bomber. Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has since referred to the attack as Bulgaria’s ‘September 11.’
The bombing was the key factor in a unanimous decision taken by EU foreign ministers in July 2013, to black list Hezbollah, the military wing of the Lebanese political party. Hezbollah was consequently placed on the EU list of terrorist organizations.
Tsatsarov reportedly announced that the suspects, allegedly Canadian and Australian nationals, are currently in a country from which extradition is possible. If this fails they will be tried in absentia.
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