Bulgaria to prosecute several arrested after raid against ‘radical Islam’

Bulgaria to prosecute several arrested after raid against ‘radical Islam’

 

The Regional Prosecutor’s office in the Bulgarian town of Pazardzhik has laid criminal charges against Ahmed Musa Ahmed of taking part in a group involved in warmongering and imposition of an anti-democratic ideology, with more individuals also expected to face charges, after authorities raided dozens of addresses in an operation against alleged radical Islamists.

Ahmed, who denies wrongdoing, previously was handed a four-year prison sentence on similar charges. This sentence is currently on appeal in the Plovdiv Appeal Court.

He was one of 13 people charged after a raid by authorities in 2010 and arrests of several Muslims who allegedly who were advocating the overthrow of the Bulgarian state and its replacement by a theocracy based on Sharia law. The trial started in September 2012 and ended in March 2014 with Ahmed the only one sentenced to prison.