Bulgaria's Yambol Mayor with New Guilty VerdictCrime | May 10, 2011, Tuesday // 15:14| views
The Mayor of Yambol, Georgi Slavov, insists all legal charges against him are politically motivated. Photo by BGNES
The magistrates from the Yambol Regional Court sentenced Tuesday Mayor, Georgi Slavov, to one year suspended sentence and three years of probation.
The rule stems from charges the Mayor of the southern city of Yambol has violated the Public Procurement Act in a tender for a municipal informational brochure.
According to the Court, Slavov has inflicted damages in the amount of BGN 21 000 by awarding the contract with the intentions of benefiting a particular company.
Upon hearing the verdict, the Mayor announced he was not guilty and would appeal with the Appellate Court in the Black Sea city of Burgas. He says all trials against him are politically motivated.
This is the third case against Slavov, who was sentenced in 2010 by the same Yambol Court to 5 years of jail, but the Burgas Court overturned the sentence on the grounds the magistrates' team was illegally selected. The case was resumed in the beginning of April with another team.
At the end of March, the Mayor was exonerated on charges of violating the Public Procurement Act in another case pertaining to renovations of the sports complex in the city and inflicting damages in the amount of BGN 30 000 to the City Hall.
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