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A Bulgarian man many hail as a hero for detaining three Afghan migrants trying to illegally enter his country was cheered by a large crowd while being hauled into court for a hearing related to his ongoing house arrest.
Petar Nizamov was charged for "illegally detaining" three migrants after video he released of the detention went viral and internationalist NGOs pressured the Bulgarian government to punish him.
Despite Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov saying earlier he welcomed such patrols, the government changed its tune after the migrants claimed they were mistreated.
Nizamov now faces up to six years in prison for three counts of "illegal deprivation of liberty."
All vigilante patrols have since been ordered to cease their "illegal" detentions and citizen's arrests and instead act only as reconnaissance groups for the government.
Loose translation via YouTuber TheAvidaEuros [slightly cleaned for formatting/spelling]:
Reporter "Do you want to say something?"Nizamov is a member of the Organisation for the Protection of Bulgarian Citizens, which is a small vigilante group of "Migrant Hunters" who patrol Bulgaria's border with Turkey.
The group made headlines earlier this month for capturing 23 Afghan migrants attempting to illegally enter their country.
Despite the government's threats, OPBC say they're going to continue their patrols.
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