Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bulgaria to present findings to EU on Hezbollah's involvement in Burgas bombing

Interior minister claims fake documents used by suspects was traced to Beirut, says identity of two or three suspects is known.
Berlin (JPost) - Bulgaria’s foreign minister Nikolay Mladenov announced on Sunday that he will meet with his EU counterparts on February 18 to discuss the investigatory results showing Hezbollah’s involvement in the murders of five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver.

Vessela Tcherneva, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, told The Jerusalem Post via telephone on Sunday that the foreign minister will brief the EU foreign ministers under “any other business” section of the agenda on the “political aspects” of the Burgas investigation.

Bulgaria’s interior minister Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov accused on Tuesday two operatives from Hezbollah’s military wing of participating in a bomb attack in July, which resulted in the deaths of five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver. The terror attack caused injuries to over 30 Israelis. One of the three suspected terrorists died during the explosion at the Burgas airport, which is believed to have been triggered by a remote control device.

A spokeswoman for Bulgaria’s interior ministry told the Post on Sunday that Interior Ministry official Kalin Georgiev gave an interview on Saturday, in which he said, "The investigation is entering a new stage, collect direct evidence on the perpetrators of the attack.” The spokeswoman added the Georgiev said "The printer, which had printed out the fake documents of the bus bomber and his two accomplices, has been tracked down to Beirut,"

She added that “Our services and investigation know the identity of two of three men.” The spokeswoman said that a regularly scheduled meeting of EU interior ministers will take place in early March and Tsvetanov "may want to present facts of investigation" in connection with Burgas to his counterparts.