A woman shot in the chest and disabled after a drive-by attack will find out next week if judges back her human rights complaints against Bulgaria.
Judges are scheduled to deliver their judgement in the complaint Yotova v. Bulgaria (no. 43606/04) on 23 October.
The applicant, Yolanda Kirilova Yotova, is a Bulgarian national who was born in 1972 and lives in the village of Aglen, in the municipality of Lukovit. She is of Roma origin.
She was giving a party at her house in Aglen on the evening of 13 July 1999, two days after serious altercations had occurred between some youths of Roma origin from Aglen and some youths of Bulgarian origin from a nearby village.
At about midnight some shots were fired from a car towards the front gate of her house and the applicant was hit in the chest, shoulder and arm.
Following the attack she was declared over 75% disabled.
Relying on Articles 2 (right to life), 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment), 13 (right to an effective remedy) and 14 (prohibition of discrimination)
Yotova alleges that the State authorities failed to comply with their obligation to conduct an effective investigation into her attempted murder. She also complains that the authorities did not attempt to establish whether or not it was a racially and ethnically motivated crime.