Bulgaria Court Rules on Nabbed Former AgentCrime | July 8, 2010, Thursday // 11:06| views
Aleksei Petrov was arrested in the middle of February on charges of money laundering, racketeering, drug trafficking, bribery and tax fraud. Photo by BGNES
A Bulgaria court will decide on Thursday whether to keep behind bars Aleksei Petrov, a former undercover agent and an alleged ringleader of a crime group, who was arrested ealrier this year.
Aleksei Petrov, one of the most controversial and mysterious figures of the country's transition, was arrested in the middle of February on charges of money laundering, racketeering, drug trafficking, bribery and tax fraud.
A total of 14 men and women were arrested in the middle of February in the special police operation codenamed “Octopus”, which targeted a large-scale organized crime group. The crimes of which Aleksei Petrov and the other defendants are accused have been committed in the period 1997-2010
Aleksei Petrov, who was an advisor of the former State National Security Agency DANS Director, Petko Sertov, resigned from the Agency on August 31, 2009, a month after the Borisov government took office, in his own words, over disagreement with the new methods of work at the institution.
DANS itself was set up as an institution by former Socialist Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev himself by pooling together three previously existing counter-intelligence services.
It started operating on January 1, 2008, and has managed to generate a number of scandals ever since – including the spying on leading journalist (i.e. the Galeria case) and the missing top secret reports – a case under which Stanishev himself is facing charges on mishandling classified information.
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