Prosecutors: Man who assaulted reporter at Bulgaria ruling party event arrested

A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on August 7 after two days earlier being filmed at a national conference of Bulgarian Prime Minister’s GERB party assaulting a reporter, grabbing her phone and violently hurling it some distance.

An August 7 statement by the Bulgarian Prosecutor-General’s office said that the Sofia District Prosecutor’s office had instituted pre-trial proceedings under the Penal Code in connection with assaults of citizens, including journalists, at the August 5 GERB event at Sofia Tech Park.

Three people involved in the incidents had been identified so far.

Apart from the 20-year-old, a 22-year-old man who had been present during the assault of Radio Free Europe reporter Polina Paunova had been taken into custody.

A 66-year-old man who was filmed making insulting and obscene remarks to reporters had been questioned, the Prosecutor’s Office statement said.

The investigation was continuing, the statement said.

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