SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Former Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski, who was serving a nine-year prison sentence in Brazil for international drug trafficking, has surprisingly arrived home in Bulgaria after being granted an early release.
Bulgarian officials, including the justice minister and chief prosecutor, said on Thursday that they were caught by surprise by Boevski's release.
Bulgarian national TV aired footage showing Boevski arriving at the Sofia airport on a late Wednesday flight from Paris and greeted by his family. Boevski has so far refused to make any public comments.
In May 2012, Boevski was sentenced by a federal court in Sao Paulo to 9 years, 4 months in prison after trying to board a plane at the city's airport with 7.2 kilograms (16 pounds) of cocaine in his luggage.