Parliamentary committee recommends agreeing to arrest of Siderov

A special committee of Bulgaria’s Parliament has recommended that the National Assembly agree to requests by the Prosecutor-General for the lifting of the immunity and the arrest of Ataka leader Volen Siderov and Ataka MP Dessislav Chukolov in connection with two rowdy incidents in central Sofia.

However, several days remain before MPs will vote on the requests by Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov and the recommendations by the all-party parliamentary committee, to allow the deadlines for the two to voluntarily give up their immunity to lapse. Siderov and Chukolov, who deny wrongdoing in connection with the intended charges of hooliganism and intimidation, have said that they would not give up the immunity they hold as MPs.

The requests follow two incidents in October, one at a late-night liquor store, the other at the National Academy for Film and Theatre Arts.

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