Govt Tries to Rescue Bulgarians on Death Row in Malaysia

NOVEMBER 5, 2012

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry will attempt to rescue the two Bulgarians recentlysentenced to death for drug trafficking in Malaysia, it has been made clear.

Angel Orbetsov, head of the Asia, Australia and Oceania Directorate at theBulgarian Foreign Ministry, is to arrive on  Monday in Kuala Lumpur, where he will meet with representatives of Malaysia‘s Foreign Ministry, according to the Bulgarian National Television.

Orbetsov is expected to declare that Bulgaria and the rest of the EU do not support the death penalty as a judicial measure.

On May 18, 2011, Bulgarian nationals Georgi Georgiev, Ivan Kostov, and Georgi Bakalov were arrested at the Sultan Ismail International Airport in Johor Bahru,Malaysia, on drug trafficking charges.

Due to the lack of evidence for his involvement into the crime, Georgi Georgiev was released and deported to Bulgaria.

Kostov and Bakalov were sentenced to death at the end of October. They insist they were unaware they were transporting illegal drugs, and were told the package included Viagra and other pills.

A total of 900 people are currently on death row in Malaysia, with the last deathpenalty actually carried out in the country being in the distant 1986.

On Saturday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov noted that Bulgaria‘s interference in the case is triggered only by the death penalty, not by the guilt or the lack of guilt of the two Bulgarians.



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