Bulgaria seeks gambling tycoon’s extradition from UAE Reuters · February 17, 2020 at 4:20 pm SOFIA — Bulgaria has asked the United Arab Emirates to extradite gambling tycoon Vasil Bozhkov, charged in absentia with extortion, influence peddling and money laundering among other offences, the justice ministry said on Monday. Bozhkov, one of Bulgaria’s richest men, has denied wrongdoing. He has refused to return to the Balkan country, saying he fears for his life. Consecutive governments in the European Union’s poorest member state have pledged to combat organized crime and uproot endemic graft, with little success. The justice ministry said it had sent the extradition request and more than 200 pages of documents translated in Arabic to the Bulgarian embassy in the UAE to be handed to the authorities.