A police operation co-ordinated by Europol was taking place in Bulgaria and Italy on December 11 2012, aimed at taking into custody people subject to European arrest warrants, Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said.
The special operation, code-named Shock 2, included police deployments in seven Bulgarian cities and towns – Sofia, Veliko Turnovo, Stara Zagora, Dobrich, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad and Pazardzhik.
In Bulgaria, 28 people had so far been arrested in connection with using skimming devices to steal money from ATMs across Europe, Tsvetanov said. In all, 35 people had been arrested, he said.
Operation Shock 1 was carried out in July 2011 against a group involved in draining bank cards in Europe. More than 50 people were arrested in that operation and many of them were deported to Italy.
One of the people arrested in that operation, Stefan Klenovski, was extradited to Italy following a ruling by Sofia City Court, but was released by an Italian court and returned to Bulgaria, television station bTV said.