Bulgarian Nationalist Leader Gets Probation for Hooliganism

A Bulgarian court sentenced Volen Siderov, a lawmaker and chairman of the nationalist Attack party, to two years of probation for hooliganism and violation of public order.

Siderov, 60, agreed on settlement with the prosecution admitting he was guilty. He received an additional punishment of 25 percent deduction of his monthly salary as a lawmaker, his lawyer Yavor Notev said by phone in Sofia on Tuesday. Siderov was charged for five violations from 2011 to 2015, which included assaulting police officers and a journalist, disrupting a class at the theater academy while allegedly seeking drugs, and quarreling with airplane passengers during a flight.

Siderov’s Attack party wants Bulgaria to pull out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and to renegotiate the Balkan country’s European Union membership. It has 11 lawmakers in the 240-member parliament.

Siderov was also sentenced in a final ruling to pay 3,000 lev ($1,707) of damages to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on several counts of libel, Trud newspaper reported, citing Borissov’s lawyer Dimitar Markovski.

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