Two Bulgarians to stand trial in Paris for student murder
Two Bulgarians will stand trial in France for the murder of a compatriot and student who was stabbed 93 times in his Paris apartment nearly nine years ago, sources close to the case said Friday.Paris - Two Bulgarians will stand trial in France for the murder of a compatriot and student who was stabbed 93 times in his Paris apartment nearly nine years ago, sources close to the case said Friday.
Georgy Jelyazkov and Stoyan Stoychkov are charged with murdering 24-year-old Martin Borilsky in July 2000.
An investigative judge had ruled in June last year that the two men in hiding in Bulgaria should face trial in France and international arrest warrants were issued.
But a Bulgarian court in January cleared the two suspects of murder, prompting the French ambassador in Sofia to take the extraordinary step of criticising the decision.
Ambassador Etienne de Poncins issued a statement expressing surprise over the acquittal after French investigators provided "specific evidence implicating the two suspects" to Bulgarian authorities.
These included DNA samples taken from the victim's fingernails that matched those of the two men.
The Bulgarian Supreme Court overturned the ruling, citing problems with the trial "which gave the impression that the accused and not the judges were running the hearings."
A lawyer for Borilsky's mother welcomed the decision.
"Finally, nine years after the crime, the final hurdle has been cleared," said Eric Morain.
"Now the criminal court must try this case as quickly as possible," he said.