Bulgarian Customs Head Exonerated of Classified Leak

Crime | July 5, 2012, Thursday // 14:51|  views

The Director of Bulgaria's Customs Agency, Vanyo Tanov. Photo by BGNES

The Sofia City Court issued Thursday a not-guilty verdict for the Director of Bulgaria's Customs Agency, Vanyo Tanov, on charges of revealing classified State secrets.

The rule can be appealed within a 15-day deadline with the Sofia Appellate Court.

Tanov was on own recognizance since February 2012, after he was charged with leaking classified information over recklessness. The charges stemmed from an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, where he, allegedly, revealed some classified data about the State Reserve.

Members of the Parliament from the opposition, left-wing Coalition for Bulgaria took the case to Court, insisting Tanov has said where Bulgaria keeps its war reserves. The Prosecutor started a probe and concluded that he has not done it deliberately but over recklessness.

The Prosecutor asked Thursday for a fine in the amount of BGN 2 500, but experts from the State Commission on Information Security, DKSI, presented a report proving Tanov's innocence.

The session was held behind closed doors because it involved data about the State Reserve.

Tanov denies any wrongdoing and suspect everything was staged by the country's shady business.

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Tags: classified, leak, information, secrets, Sofia City Court, DKSI, Director, Customs Agency, Vanyo Tanov, not-guilty verdict


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