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Bulgaria to Seize BGN 7 M Assets from Football Club President


February 10, 2010, Wednesday

The Bulgarian Commission for establishing of property acquired from criminal activity has entered a court claim for over BGN 7 M against the property of Kostadin Hadzhiivanov aka Kotse Matsa.

The claim was lodged in the Sofia City Court by the Commission on Wednesday and totaled BGN 7,05 M. Hadzhiivanov’s property that is likely to be seized includes land plots in Petrich, 3 apartments in Sofia, 4 cars and 5 trucks.

Bulgarian prosecutors launched a probe for money laundering against Hadzhiivanov, the president of Bulgaria‘s Belasitsa football club, in early 2009, after he was detained in 2008 on allegations of cigarette smuggling.

Kotse Matsa, made headlines when he was put in custody by police authorities in Germany, where he was extradited to after his arrest in Greece in September 2008.

The detention came after London authorities issued a European writ of arrest and extradition of the sport boss on accusations of cigarette smuggling.

Hadzhiivanov pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence and a fine from a German court.

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