A Bulgarian court is to hold a new hearing Monday in the trial against thirteen religious leaders accused of preaching radical Islam.

The defendants face up to five years in prison in a criminal trial, which is viewed abroad as a test for the limits of religious freedom and tolerance in the country.

Deputy Chief Mufti Birali Myumyun faced the court at the latest hearing at the end of December, when it emerged that he featured on the list of preachers who have received money from the Islamist organization Al Waqf Islami.

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