Ex-Secret Agent Challenges Bulgaria PM to Presidential RaceDomestic | May 17, 2011, Tuesday // 17:05| views
Former Security Service Agent Alexei Petrov says Prime Minister Borisov is getting increasingly worried about the forthcoming presidential race. Photo by BGNES.
Bulgarian businessmen and former Security Service agent Alexei Petrov used his visit to the National Investigation Service (NIS) to rekindle the political tensions between him and Prime Minister Borisov.
Petrov went to NIS to collect the materials pursuant to his case. He used the opportunity to point out that Prime Minister Borisov's fears about the presidential race were the actual reason behind his visit.
According to the former secret agent, Borisov's pre-election anxieties had started to show, as he found out that he could not put the court into submission. Petrov confirmed that the sole purpose of his visit to the national investigative authority was his own political career.
Provoked by media speculations, on April 2, Alexei Petrov informed that he would run for president if Boyko Borisov also participated in the campaign. Petrov thus reiterated his desire for a direct rivalry with PM Borisov, with whom he has a common past in the security business.
There has been a heightened animosity between Petrov, on the one hand, and PM Borisov and Interior Minister Tstvetan Tsvetanov, on the other, even before Petrov was arrested in February 2010.
In the months following the arrest, Borisov and Tsvetanov created for Petrov the image of the ringleader of the most pervasive criminal network in Bulgaria, which they dubbed 'the Octopus.'
The trial against Petrov has dragged and no serious evidence has been presented on some of the central counts against him.
Vassil Vassilev, lawyer of Alexei Petrov, who accompanied him during the visit to the NIS, explained that the court materials had been subdivided in 175 volumes, with a 6-day term for getting acquainted with the content.
Besides Petrov, there are six other people on the defense side. They also have six days to read the relevant materials.
Among the papers are meda publications and statements of Interior Minister Tsvetanov and Prime Minister Borisov.
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