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Friday, September 3, 1999 Published at 20:38 GMT 21:38 UK

World: Europe

Bulgarian extradited to face assassination charges

A Bulgarian businessman suspected of involvement in the assassination of the former Socialist Prime Minister, Andrei Lukanov, has been extradited from the Czech Republic.

The man, Angel Vasilev, was arrested by the Czech police on a warrant issued in Bulgaria, where he is also wanted on fraud and embezzlement charges.

Mr Lukanov, a former member of the Communist Politburo, was shot dead three years ago outside his house in Sofia.

Correspondents say his killing is believed to have been linked to business feuds involving a consortium, Orion, which was funding Mr Vasilev's building company.

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