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Sofia Court of Appeals decided that the defendant Alexey Petrov (pictured) is taken good care of and if released, he may commit another crime. Photo by BGNES

Shady Bulgarian businessman and alleged mafia  boss Alexey Petrov will remain permanently in prison , Sofiacourt of appeals has ruled.

Sofia Court of Appeals decided that Petrov, who is facing charges of racketeering and extortion  may commit another crime if released and is now in good care.

The verdict is not subject to appeal.

Petrov, an ex-secret agent who has been tried in the complicated high-profileOctopus’ case for organized crime, was arrested at the beginning of May in the court hall after two witnesses said he pressured them to change their testimonials.

Petrov was first arrested in a crackdown against the Bulgarian mafia in February 2010 and was not released on his own recognizance until October, having spent what he claims to have been 8 months of abuse in the prison, during which his health allegedly deteriorated.  read the rest  Here  on