A court has placed 26-year-old Lyubomir Yakov under house arrest on Monday after he was arrested by police on suspicion of threatening to assassinate Bulgarian National Assembly President Iva Miteva.
Yakov’s lawyer said his client had not yet given explanations or confessed. The prosecution will appeal the decision to put Yakov under house arrest, calling for his stay in custody. However, the defence insists he undergoes a psychiatric examination.
Yakov is accused of sending an e-mail to the justice ministry with a very short and clear message: “Tomorrow I will kill Iva Miteva”.
He was identified in just a few hours by the police. The 26-year-old already has a police record for making threats and committing theft.
Miteva, for her part, said she was afraid for her relatives and child.
“I think [what is happening] is very sad. Imagine me being the most endangered person in the country, more than the prime minister and the president,” Miteva commented.
The information about the threat was spread on the day when the National Assembly debated the changes in the law on the National Service for Protection, which guards the high-ranking officials in the country, including Miteva.