Bulgaria's Muslim Supreme Council has called an urgent meeting in response to a reported statement by a prosecutor that should the number of Muslims in the country reach 30 per cent of the population, "the state will be in jeopardy".
Prosecutor Nedyalka Popova was reported to have made the statement in a recent interview. Popova is the prosecutor in the case of 14 Muslims from the town of Pazardzhik who were accused of preaching religious hatred. The principal accused, Ahmed Musa, has been jailed for a year.
Chief Mufti Mustafa Hadji, spiritual leader of Bulgaria's Muslim minority, told public broadcaster Bulgarian National Radio on April 3 that Popova's words were "disturbing" and "discriminatory".