Rompetrol Bulgaria issued a statement Saturday evening confirming that its CEO Sorin-Octavian Nichita has been arrested near Veliko Tarnovo over charges of mayhem and interference with police officers, and denouncing the actions of Bulgarian police.

Nichita, along with a fellow Romanian citizen, were arrested in Arbanassi near Veliko Tarnovo after midnight Friday, when the two entered in a brawl with the security guards of Speaker of Bulgarian Parliament Tsetska Tsacheva.

According to Rompetrol Bulgaria’s statement CEO Nichita and two friends of his peacefully demanded access to the Winepalace restaurants, only to be denied access “quite rudely” by police officers and security guards.

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