Bulgaria freezes accounts receiving millions from Venezuela

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Officials in Bulgaria say they have frozen several bank accounts that received millions of euros transferred from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.Chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said Wednesday that the money was meant to be eventually sent to accounts abroad.“All measures have been taken so that the funds that are still in the accounts … will be fully under our control and not leave the country on false grounds,” he said.Tsatsarov said charges for money laundering would likely be pressed against the accounts’ owner, a Bulgarian citizen who was currently out of the country.“Our government is working very closely with Bulgaria and other EU members to ensure that the wealth of the people of Venezuela is not stolen,” U.S. ambassador to Sofia, Eric Rubin, told reporters.The Associated Press read more

Borella Police traffic OIC succumbs to injuries

The Officer in Charge (OIC) of the traffic division of the Borella Police, IP Sarathchandra, who was injured in a hit and run incident in Bambalapitiya last month, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.A Defender type jeep in which the son of a Parliamentarian was travelling, was involved in the accident. The son of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage and seven others were later arrested over the hit-and-run accident.However Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s son and seven others were later released on bail while the driver was remanded. (Colombo Gazette)