Car of Plovdiv mayor’s wife burnt in early-morning arson attack

A car leased and used by Denitsa Toteva, spouse of Plovdiv mayor Ivan Totev, was burnt out outside the family home in Bulgaria’s second city in the early hours of January 27 2016.

An emergency call was made at about 2am, local media said.

The fire destroyed the interior of the Hyundai. No other vehicles were attacked or damaged.

Toteva is a teacher of German at Plovdiv’s St Patriarch Evtimii School.

The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Plovdiv said that an arson investigation had been opened. The motives for the attack are being investigated.

Local media said that Totev’s car was not affected because it was in the official municipal parking area.

Totev told a news conference that he had not received any threats and did not feel at risk.

Totev, a member of GERB, the majority partner in Bulgaria’s centre-right coalition national government, was re-elected in a second-round contest in October-November 2015 municipal elections, after having won a second-round contest to become mayor in 2011.



The Sofia Globe staff

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