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Bulgarian MP faces jail term for assault on French woman


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Bulgarian MP faces jail term for assault on French woman

Volen Siderov, a right-wing Bulgarian MP who allegedly verbally assaulted a French cultural attaché during a airplane trip, has given up his parliamentary immunity.

All 23 MPs from Siderov’s Ataka party gave up their immunity in solidarity with their chief.

Siderov verbally assaulted a French cultural attaché during the Sofia-Varna flight and later attacked a passenger and a police officer on an airport shuttle bus, according to witnesses.

The MP is likely to be charged with disturbing the peace and could face up to five years imprisonment.