Ex Bulgarian Minister Claims Clean to US Embassy in Sofia

Domestic | November 26, 2010, Friday // 11:39|  views

Bulgaria's former Interior Minister from the previous, Socialist-led cabinet, Rumen Petkov. Photo by BGNES

Former Bulgarian Interior Minister, Rumen Petkov, said he was planning to send to US Ambassador to Bulgaria, James Warlick, official documents, stating that no pre-trial proceedings have been started against him.

On Friday, Petkov pointed out that he had received information from the Supreme Cassations Prosecutor’s Office and the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office that he has not been convicted and that the National Investigation Service currently has no records for initiated pre-trial proceedings and indictments against him.

The statement of the former minister comes days after the US Embassy in Bulgaria announced the annulment of his US non-immigrant visa, based on information about a criminal investigation of him.

“In this letter, I am presenting the original official documents, so that the US Ambassador, the US Embassy and the Consulate Offices, in general, are informed about the real situation in the respective authorities,” Petkov said.

After a check in the centralized information system of the National Investigation Service, the former minister was issued an official notice, stating that “at the moment, there are no pre-trial proceedings or indictments against Rumen Petkov.”

The former interior minister also said that the embassies usually do not cite their sources. However, in his letter, Petkov has pointed out that he has “no doubt” and has a “clear vision and assessment of the situation in general.”

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Tags: Rumen Petkov, James Warlick, US Embassy in Bulgaria, US visa


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