The Borilski Case – Reopened in Paris

France will initiate a parallel court trial of the case involving the infamous murder of Bulgarian Sorbonne student, Martin Borilski.

The French Appellate Court decided Friday to try in a Paris Penal Court the two main suspects – Bulgarian citizens, Georgi Zheliazkov and Stoyan Stoichkov.

The French trial is scheduled to start in the beginning of 2010.

This case has been going on in Bulgaria for six years now, and the two alleged killers, Georgi Zheliazkov and Stoyan Stoichkov, were acquitted by the first two Bulgarian instances – the Shumen District Court and the Veliko Turnovo Appellate Court. In March 2009, Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassations returned the “Borilski” murder case to the Appellate Court in the city of Veliko Tarnovo for retrial.

As somebody pointed out to me earlier last week, the parallel French trial is a de facto invocation of the safeguard clause pursuant to Art. 38 of the Act of Accession.

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