Conservative Leader to Head Probe into Ex-Bulgarian President’s Pardons

Domestic | February 15, 2012, Wednesday // 18:34|  views

Yane Yanev, leader of the conservative Law, Order and Justice. Photo by BGNES

Yane Yanev, the controversial leader of Bulgaria's Law, Order and Justice party will head the temporary inquiry parliamentary committee that will probe the actions of former President, Georgi Parvanov, and his Deputy, Angel Marin.

The committee was created on Wednesday to determine the legitimacy of Parvanov and Marin's actions in granting pardons to felons and okaying Bulgarian citizenship requests.

The committee will have 13 members – 6 from GERB, 2 from BSP, 2 from the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, 1 from the Blue Coalition and 1 independent.

It was reported earlier Wednesday that a new problem has emerged with the decrees of former Bulgarian Vice President Marin for granting pardon to criminals and Bulgarian citizenship, since they have not been signed in the way postulated by the Constitution.

According to current Justice Minister, Diana Kovacheva, during both of Marins' terms in office the decrees had not been signed by the Justice Minister as required.

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Tags: pardons, felons, Angel Marin, Georgi Parvanov, Yane Yanev, president


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