Bulgarian Court to Hear Ex-Defense Min's Bribery Case

Crime | October 9, 2012, Tuesday // 08:47|  views

Bulgaria's Former Defense Minister Nikolay Tsonev. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The Sofia City Court will hear the case of former Defense Minister Nikolay Tsonev, Judge Petar Santirov and former Chief Secretary of the Finance Ministry Tencho Popov.

Tsnovev, Santirov and Popov have been charged with attempting to bribe investigator Petyo Petrov with EUR 20 000 to get a positive outcome of an investigation against Tsonev.

Tsonev, member of the former three-way coalition cabinet (2009-2009) was arrested in a highly publicized operation back in April 2010.

He has been already cleared of malfeasance charges for alleged crimes committed in 1999. The former Defense Minister was also acquitted on a count of criminal breach of trust committed in 1999 in his capacity as an employee of the Defense Ministry.

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