Ex Mayor, MP Goes to Jail in Bulgaria

Crime | January 18, 2012, Wednesday // 20:21|  views

Former mayor and MP Fidel Beev is going to jail for 3.5 years. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

A 3.5-year jail sentence of Fidel Beev, former Mayor of the town of Velingrad and ex Member of Parliament from the ethnic Turkish party DPS, has been confirmed by the Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassation.

Beev, who was a deputy from the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), is sentenced for malfeasance and criminal breach of trust during his term as Mayor of the Southern town of Velingrad.

He was found guilty of making an illegal fuel supply contract for municipal kindergartens, thus inflicting upon the municipality a loss of BGN 16 000.

Instead of making a contract with a firm that legally took part in a municipal tender, he supplied fuel with a firm of his own, called "Beev Brothers".

In addition to confirming his jail sentence, the Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassation ruled in favor of the demand of the Velingrad Municipality that Beev pay it a compensation of BGN 16 351 as well as the trial expenses.

Beev was first sentenced for the fuel supply contract by the Sofia City Court in 2009; he appealed the ruling after that.

In 2010, the Supreme Court of Cassation revoked another verdict against Beev in which he was sentenced for beating a man, Kostandin Paskov, at a Velingrad gas station back in 2003.

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Tags: MP, mayor, Velingrad, Fidel Beev, criminal breach of trust, malfeasance, DPS, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Supreme Court of Cassation


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