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Rule of Law Initiative Co-Sponsors Organized Crime Course for Bulgarian Prosecutors


The Regional Criminal Justice Initiative (RCJI), a partnership between the Rule of Law Initiative and the U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), presented a course entitled Organized Crime: The Enterprise Theory and the Use of Specialized Techniques to a class of 24 Bulgarian prosecutors and investigators from March 5-9, 2007. The course was held at the Ministry of Interior's National Academy, and was taught primarily by Bulgarian instructors who graduated from the course in the past.

Operational Investigator Nedelcho Nedelchev presented an exciting interactive presentation about an illegal gambling case in Sliven, Bulgaria. Using electronic and visual surveillance, search warrants, and good police work, Nedelcho and his unit were able to dismantle the secretive and lucrative enterprise. Nedelcho credits the Organized Crime course as a key element in the success of the take-down.

Daniela Subcheva, of the Plovdiv Organized Crime squad (and a past graduate of the course), discussed corruption investigations based upon financial profiling during the course. She was followed by a long-time associate of RCJI, Kalin Georgiev, head of the Plovdiv Organized Crime Squad and a specialist in investigation of terrorism and its links to organized crime. Investigator Stoyo Andreev, and Appellate Prosecutor Bozhadarka Popova both demonstrated the proactive approach they employ against serious offenders, and investigator Dyliana Stoyanova discussed a homicide case in which she obtained a confession using techniques she learned in RCJI courses. Ivan Dukov and Marina Ozunova also gave a joint presentation about complex investigations.

Retired FBI Agent Joe Davidson was the course facilitator. His role will be assumed by a Bulgarian colleague, Academy Professor Rumen Rachev. Rumen is a veteran organized crime investigator. He and other skilled Bulgarians will continue on RCJI's work.

For more information, please contact Criminal Law Specialist Ivan Safyan Adams, at