Bul­garia probes third sus­pect in UK ex-spy at­tack

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SOFIA, Bul­garia — Bul­gar­ian of­fi­cials say they will in­ves­ti­gate re­ports about a third sus­pect in last year’s nerve agent poi­son­ing of a Rus­sian ex-spy in Eng­land, a man who has also been al­legedly in­volved in a 2015 poi­son­ing in Bul­garia.

Tsve­tan Tsve­tanov of the rul­ing GERB party said Sun­day that Bul­garia’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vices will present ev­i­dence at a hear­ing soon be­fore the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on home­land se­cu­rity,

The hear­ing fol­lows a re­port by the in­ves­tiga­tive group Belling­cat, which says an al­leged Rus­sian GRU mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence agent ar­rived in Bul­garia in April 2015, just a few days be­fore Bul­gar­ian busi­ness­man Emil­ian Ge­brev was poi­soned by an uniden­ti­fied sub­stance. Ge­brev, a key ex­ec­u­tive in the coun­try’s arms in­dus­try, sur­vived the at­tack, but au­thor­i­ties still don’t know who poi­soned him.

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