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Wednesday, 20 September, 2000, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Bulgaria closes Markov investigation

Twenty-two years after a prominent Bulgarian dissident, Georgy Markov, was murdered in London, Bulgaria's post-communist prosecutors have confirmed they're closing their file on the case.

Mr Markov was killed by a poisoned umbrella-tip while he waited at a bus stop near Bush House, where he worked for the BBC Bulgarian Service.

The recent release of state papers in Bulgaria confirmed that Mr Markov was regarded as a dangerous dissident by the former communist secret service.

But prosecutors say they're closing their investigation over who killed him, under legislation allowing a case to be dropped if more than twenty-years have elapsed.

Campaigners are considering an appeal.

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