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Bulgarian Interior Minister: We have decided to remove the director of the Sofia Regional Ministry of Interior Directorate and his deputy

Bulgarian Interior Minister: We have decided to remove the director of the Sofia Regional Ministry of Interior Directorate and his deputy

13 June 2018 | 15:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We have decided to remove the director of the Sofia Regional Ministry of Interior Directorate and his deputy, Interior Minister Valentin Radev told reporters, referring to the shootings in Botevgrad, Focus News Agency reports. “In Botevgrad, we made an analysis on site, we heard the mayors, I decided to remove the leadership of the regional directorate, they have failed,” the interior minister said. “There must be some disbalance, something hasn’t been done and the responsibility rests with the regional directorates,” he said. In his words, it was a decision of the professional leadership of the Ministry of Interior to remove the director of the Sofia regional directorate and his deputy.

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Emanuil Yordanov, former interior minister: Minister Valentin Radev’s resignation after Botevgrad case would not solve the problems in the system

Emanuil Yordanov, former interior minister: Minister Valentin Radev’s resignation after Botevgrad case would not solve the problems in the system

11 June 2018 | 12:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. After the case in Botevgrad, the Ministry of Interior has been the most criticised although the state is a whole working in sync, former interior minister Emanuil Yordanov said in an interview with Focus Radio. He said that the criminogenic situation was the result of the overall situation in the country. The interior ministry, in particular, was affected by long years of experiments within its system with a vague purpose and no results, he said. Yordanov was certain that a potential resignation of the minister would not solve the problems. In his opinion, the problems in the Ministry of Justice, including the absence of any idea about a judicial reform, add to the interior ministry’s problems. He argued for a serious control over fund spending in the interior ministry’s system and a review of its staff policy. Emanuil Yordanov also said that he was sceptical about the outcome of the search for the other escaped prisoner, Radoslav Kolev.
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Interior ministry to check if there were flaws in Pelov case

Interior ministry to check if there were flaws in Pelov case

8 June 2018 | 16:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Burgas. Minister of Interior Valentin Radev has ordered an examination to find out if there were flaws in the search for prison escapee Vladimir Pelov, he told reporters in Burgas, quoted by Focus Radio. He said the police had been closing in on Pelov before he was shot dead on Tuesday night, in a gunfight with another man with criminal record. “All I have heard from the management is quite different from what I saw on TV. There were hints all the time. We’d been close on him and close to capturing him before that [his] murder. As a colleague has said, it was a mischance that it was not us. I think it’s good that the killer [Pelov] did not cause greater trouble. You saw what we found in the place where that man lived. There were explosives, hand grenades,” Radev said.
Interior Ministry Secretary General Mladen Marinov said he supports the team that has been working on the case.
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Tihomir Bezlov, Center for the Study of Democracy: The gunfight in Botevgrad shows interior ministry’s failure because the incident carries great risk for citizens

Tihomir Bezlov, Center for the Study of Democracy: The gunfight in Botevgrad shows interior ministry’s failure because the incident carries great risk for citizens

7 June 2018 | 12:09 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The gunfight in Botevgrad shows the failure of the Ministry of Interior because an incident of this type carries a great risk for the citizens, security expert Tihomir Bezlov from the Center for the Study of Democracy told Focus Radio. In reference to the same incident in the centre of Botevgrad on June 5, he said there were some contradictions. He added that the interior ministry had really allocated great resources to find the two escapees from the Sofia prison, Vladimir Pelov and Radoslav Kolev, and had made efforts to catch Pelov in the area of Botevgrad. According to the expert, the ministry is not what it used to be and needs reassessment and a solution to the shortage of police officers and qualified staff.
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Police checking financial dispute and Panchev’s threat to testify against Pelov as motives for gunfight in Botevgrad

Police checking financial dispute and Panchev’s threat to testify against Pelov as motives for gunfight in Botevgrad

6 June 2018 | 12:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The police said that a financial dispute between the two men and Mario Panchev’s threat to testify against Vladimir Pelov were likely the motives for the gunfight between them in Botevgrad last night, Focus News Agency reports. Vladimir Pelov, who this year escaped from the Sofia prison, was shot dead, while Mario Panchev is in hospital in a serious condition. Their personal conflict lately is also a possible motive, Interior Ministry Secretary General Mladen Marinov said at a briefing. Pelov was the one who attacked the other man last night. The injured has a criminal record and was previously involved in criminal activity together with Pelov.
Before the incident, the police received numerous tips that Pelov was in Botevgrad, all of which were checked, they said.
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Pirogov: Man shot in Botevgrad is in very serious condition

Pirogov: Man shot in Botevgrad is in very serious condition

6 June 2018 | 09:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The man shot in Botevgrad is in a very serious condition, Pirogov hospital spokeswoman Maria Poyrazova told Focus News Agency. “He was brought in a very serious condition. He was operated as an emergency case in the night and was sent to the central intensive care ward in a very serious condition,” she said.
A man was killed and another one was injured in a gunfight in Botevgrad at about 11.00 last night. Prosecutors said this morning that the dead was the escapee from the Sofia prison Vladimir Pelov.
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