Bulgaria Delays Trial of Two Lebanese Nationals Over 2012 Attack on Israeli Tourists

This is the third delay of the trial in absentia of two men accused of helping carry out the deadly bombing of an Israeli tourist bus in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas

The tour bus destroyed in a terror attack on outside Burgas Airport, Bulgaria, July 2012.
The tour bus destroyed in a terror attack on outside Burgas Airport, Bulgaria, July 2012. REUTERS

A Bulgarian court on Wednesday delayed the trial of two men accused of being involved in a 2012 terror attack on an Israeli tourist bus, a spokeswoman said.

The third delay means the trial at the special criminal court in Sofia has now been moved to November 15.

The defendants, Meliad Farah and El Hajj Hassan, neither of whom is Bulgarian, remain at large and are to be tried in absentia. Both hold Lebanese passports, but others as well.

Burgas bombing suspects.
AFP, AP

They are accused of helping Mohamad Hassan El Husseini, a Lebanese-born Frenchman, of carrying out the suicide bombing at the airport in the Black Sea resort Burgas in July 2012.

Five Israeli tourists an a Bulgarian bus driver were killed when El Husseini boarded the bus at the airport parking lot and detonated a bomb. Thirthy-five other Israelis were injured. 

The spokeswoman said that relatives of the victims seek a total of 217 billion leva (132 million dollars) in damages.

If convicted and caught, the two defendants face life in prison. They are being sought by the intergovernmental police organization Interpol.