Bulgaria: Krassimir falsely arrested in Sofia

by Stella Floras 87 views

Krassimir Avramov, the Bulgarian representative in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, was arrested by mistake in his home in Sofia during a special operation of the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior team called the Untouchables. The artist's appartment was raided and he was forced to lie on the floor handcuffed until the mistake was discovered.

Earlier this week, the Bulgarian antiterrorist police force burst into his Krassimir Avramov's home in Sofia while the artist was asleep. Krassimir was made to lie on the ground, handcuffed and his head covered with a hood while his home was being searched.

Avramov stated on National Darik Radio: "While still sleeping, I heard the door of my house being broken down and, at first, I thought that it was a burglary or a personal attack against me. I went downstairs as I live in a penthouse and I saw about 20 armed policemen with hoods on their heads. I was in total shock. They threw me on he floor before i could react and the only thing I tried to say is that I am Krassimir Avramov. Things started to calm down as soon as they realised who I was but the stress is huge…".

The shocking arrest became top news in all Bulgarian media. The police eventually realised their mistake and apologized to Krassimir. Later in the day, the Bulgarian Minister of Interior contacted him personally and apologised officiallyto the artist for the police blunder.

"Maybe if I had heard the bell ringing or the noise, things would have been different, but I was fast asleep.” says Krassimir.

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Stella Floras

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