Bulgarian Muslim leader Chief Mufti vows new court action after Cassation Court decision on properties

The saga of court claims by the office of the Chief Mufti, spiritual leader of Bulgaria’s Muslims, to be handed several properties including mosques, has taken a new turn after a decision by the Supreme Court of Cassation.

In a ruling on January 28 2016, a three-member bench of Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassation said that it would not admit an appeal against a decision of the Supreme Administrative Court regarding the Chief Mufti’s claim to be the successor to pre-1949 Muslims religious, educational, social and charitable entities.

For some years, the Chief Mufti’s office has been seeking to be granted possession of a number of buildings on the basis of amendments approved by Bulgaria’s National Assembly to the Religious Denominations Act allowing religious groups to claim properties taken during the communist era.

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