Trial Against Notorious Bulgarian Lobbyist Classified

Crime | April 15, 2011, Friday // 12:19|  views

Notorious court lobbyist Krasimir Georgiev, aka "Krasio the Black". Photo by BGNES

The tax evasion trial against notorious Bulgarian businessman and alleged court lobbyist Krasimir Georgiev, aka Krasio the Black, was classified Friday and postponed to April 27.

The trial will be carried out behind closed doors due to the use of special surveillance devices, including wiretapped phone conversations of the defendant. It did not kick off on Friday, since Georgiev is entitled to 7 days to get acquainted with the bill of indictment, and he received it on Monday.

Georgiev was charged in February with tax evasion in the amount of BGN 95 000. The other case against him – for trading influence has been dismissed while the prosecutor's office explained it has been changed to charges of tax crimes.

The Krasio scandal started on June 18, 2009, when a member of the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council, Ivan Kolev, revealed information that "some guy called Krasio from Pleven" promised appointments to magistrate positions in exchange for EUR 200 000. Krasio was said to be able to "guarantee" the support of 8-13 members of a total of 27 members of the Council.

Several judges and magistrates, including Supreme ones, have been dismissed or resigned in the aftermath over proven contacts with Georgiev.

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