Lawyers for Lyubomir Danchev, the 44-year-old man charged with arson in connection with the August 20 burning of four historic warehouses in Plovdiv’s Tobacco Town precinct, say that he is a convenient scapegoat so that prosecutors can say that the case is closed.
The fire, which gutted the former tobacco warehouses in an area meant to be protected by Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage Act, is alleged to have been caused by a cigarette dropped by Danchev.
In a television interview on August 25, Danchev’s lawyers, Zoya Tochkova and Stefan Levashki, said that it was “absurd” to say that the extensive fire was caused by a cigarette.
plovdiv tobacco town fire august 2016
Levashki said that Danchev was the “ideal culprit” because he had no fixed address and had previous criminal convictions.
Danchev denies having been at the warehouses at the time of the fire, saying that he had moved to a caravan next to a local library.