A 32-year old Varna man, Dimcho Arnaudov, was given a one-year jail sentence for shoplifting several packs of wafers, chewing gum and cakes at a total price of 31 leva.
The sentence could not be appealed and the man was sent to jail immediately. Compare to Maxim Staviyski, the figure skater, who killed a person and seriously injured another while driving drunk last year. He was given a two-year suspended sentence.
In the meantime, the police raided the Dupnitsa home of the guys known as the Galevi Brothers (though there is no family relation between them). They are alleged by the media to be controlling every possible criminal activity in their town – from protection rackets to stolen cars, drugs and prostitution. The "brothers" were not at home at the time of the raid, but appeared at the National Investigation Agency on the following day, talking with the hacks and claiming they were the victims of political intrigues. The prosecutors got them at last! The brothers were charged with... making public the police search protocol, which in Bulgaria is considered "classified."
And then President Georgi Parvanov, an avid hunter, endorsed the amendments to the Hunting Act. Mr Parvanov likes to go hunting, and was reported to have been hunting with friends at the time of a major train disaster earlier in the year which claimed dozens of lives.