site.btaThree Bulgarians Fined for Public Order Disturbances at Border Crossing with North Macedonia
Late on Saturday, a court in the Republic of North Macedonia imposed a fine of EUR 300 and a ban on entering the country for three years on the three Bulgarian men who were detained at the Deve Bair checkpoint on Saturday for causing public order disturbance, media outlets in North Macedonia reported.
A video by Infomax showed that the three were extradited to Bulgaria.
The three men, identified as G.Z., A.G. and R.H., behaved disrespectfully and verbally abused border officials and tried to attack police officers. They were detained until the case is clarified, MIA said quoting a police official.
According to the Vazrazhdane party, one of the detainees was Angel Georgiev, the party's regional coordinator in Plovdiv and a member of the 47th and 48th National Assemblies, who filmed what was happening and published the video on Facebook. "At the end of the video, we see how the Macedonian police grab Angel Georgiev and drag him into the border crossing because he is trying to find out why another of our compatriots was arrested," Vazrazhdane said.
In the early afternoon on Sunday it emerged that the three men have had medical certificates issued because they were physically abused, lawyer Vladimir Milanov from Kyustendil told BTA. He and representatives of the local chapter of the Vazrazhdane party went to Kriva Palanka, North Macedonia, on Saturday to pay the fines imposed by the court there.
Police control at the Deve Bair checkpoint was strengthened on Saturday as groups of Bulgarians headed for Skopje to visit the grave of revolutionary Gotse Delchev on the occasion of his 151st birth anniversary. Cross-border traffic between the two countries was disrupted for three hours in the morning due to what the North Macedonia authorities said was a technical glitch. Traffic was restored around 1pm.