No Unpardonable Crimes Exist, Bulgarian VP SaysDomestic | March 8, 2012, Thursday // 14:06| views
Vice President Margarita Popova (pictured) presented on Thursday the staff of the Pardons Committee. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria's Vice President Margarita Popova has stated that there are no crimes that she never would pardon.
"Pardoning is an act of kindness and bigheartedness on behalf of the Head of State and the balance between humanity and justice is very subtle," Popova said at a press conference on Thursday. She vowed to scrutinize each and every pardoning request and ensure full transparency of her decisions.
Popova tofficially presented the chair and members of the Pardons Committee. The pardoning body consists of experts in the fields of criminal legislation, forensics and judicial psychiatry.
The idea to place inside experts in charge of the Pardons Committee was proposed by Popova after the scandal with the questioned capacity of her predecessor, Angel Marin, broke out.
The problem surfaced after it was revealed that former President Georgi Parvanov had failed to issue a second decree delegating a number of prerogatives, among which the granting of pardons, the cancellation of uncollectible debts to the state and the and the granting, restoration and withdrawal of Bulgarian citizenship, to the Vice President for the second term in office.
During his two terms as VP, Marin had pardoned 533 felons, some convicted for grave crimes such as murder and rape.