BULGARIA | Nationalist Leader Wants Roma “Mafia Bosses” executed
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Volen Siderov, the loony leader of Bulgaria’s crisis-ridden right-wing extremist Ataka (Attack) party, has declared his support for reinstatement of capital punishment for serious crimes in Bulgaria. His outburst was prompted by a recent case in which three alleged Roma gangsters were charged with contracting the murder of Oleg Yanev, of the Supreme Court Prosecutor’s Office, Hristo Varnanov, the Chair of the Supreme Roma Court, and Tsvetelin Kanchev, leader of the Euro Roma party. “These people are criminals who have stolen from us … they should be shot to death instead of being interviewed,” Siderov declared in an interview with the private channel, TV7. Siderov further ranted that the “Roma mafia” has “taken over the whole country” claiming that the ruling centrist-right GERB party won the recent presidential election thanks to votes “bought with the assistance of Roma mafia leaders”.