Trial of Bulgarian money laundering convict begins in Italy

Trial of Bulgarian money laundering convict begins in Italy

An Italian court was scheduled to hold its first hearing on March 8 in the lawsuit against Evelin “Brendo” Banev on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. Last month, Sofia City Court sentenced Banev to seven and a half years in jail for laundering money from illegal drug deals.

Banev also made headlines in Bulgaria earlier this week when his 10-year-old daughter was kidnapped by three masked men as she was about to leave for school, shooting her driver.

One of the possible reasons for the kidnapping was to prevent Banev from testifying in court, Bulgaria’s prosecutor-general Sotir Tsatsarov has said. Investigators were working intensively on the case, he said.

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