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Bulgaria: Government Will Compensate Lukanov's Family

Sofia, 18 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Bulgaria's government will pay the family of slain former Communist Prime Minister Andrei Lukanov a compensation of $20,000 as decided by the European Court in Strasbourg.

Haralambi Anchev, Justice Minister in the interim Bulgarian government, said that regardless of the deep economic crisis the country is in, Bulgaria has to stick to its international commitments.

Lukanov, who was murdered last October in Sofia, was accused of transferring money and weapons to political movements and countries generally considered terrorist nations in the West. He was detained for about six months in 1992 and appealed the decision at the European Court. Last month the Court ruled in favor of Lukanov's appeal.