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Referring to the practices of Germany and Switzerland, he also urged the Bulgarian government to confiscate the property of convicted criminals.
Those countries have “strong legislation, enabling them to freeze the assets of criminals,” he said.
Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor, Boris Velchev, and the president of the Supreme Court, Lazar Gruev, denounced the ambassador’s remarks, according to news reports from the capital, Sofia.
“We are bewildered by the position of [Mr. Warlick] that Bulgaria has two judicial systems,” they said in a statement.
“Ambassador Warlick’s thesis is completely unfounded and unacceptable, and, what is more, it insults the magistrates in Bulgaria.”
Mr. Warlick’s comments at a forum titled “National Security: The Strategic Dimensions of Crime” mark the second time in a month that he has criticized the government.
In early March, the ambassador denounced discrimination against Gypsies, or Roma, who are frequently despised throughout Europe.
“The Roma are also Bulgarian citizens who are entitled to their rights,” he said.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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