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Bulgaria says no gunshot wounds on body of dead Palestinian fugitive




(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Bulgarian authorities investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Palestinian fugitive wanted by Israel said on Saturday that there were no signs of gunshots on his body.

Omar Nayef Zayed a Palestinian fugitive who had taken refuge at the Palestinian Authority's embassy in Sofia has been found dead at the PA's embassy in the Bulgarian capital on Thursday.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ordered an investigation into what he called Zayed's assassination.

Zayed 52 escaped from Israeli custody over 25 years ago after being convicted of murdering an Israeli yeshiva student in 1986.

Last month it was reported that Zayed had been given 72 hours to turn himself in for extradition to Israel or face arrest.

Bulgarian investigators said that Zayed's body was found just outside of the Palestinian by one of the members of the diplomatic staff who parked his car nearby.

The authorities said that Zayed was still alive when an ambulance was called to the scene in order to evacuate him to hospital. He was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital.

Zayed's brother Hamzeh held the Palestinian Authority and its embassy in Bulgaria responsible for the "assassination" of his brother.

Hamzeh said that the PA embassy informed his brother's widow that an "unknown group raided the embassy building and assaulted him resulting in his death."

"The Palestinian ambassador is complicit in the killing of my brother" Hamzeh told an online newspaper that is affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. "From the first day that he sought asylum inside the embassy the ambassador and the staff had been trying to expel him" he said. "The security personnel at the embassy did not provide him with protection."

The brother said that the PA foreign minister and the embassy staff "must pay a political price because they were complicit in the assassination."

He said he last heard from his brother during a phone conversation around 11.30 pm. "Omar told me not to worry and I'm in high spirits" the brother recalled.

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Bulgaria says no gunshot wounds on body of dead Palestinian fugitive

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