Bulgarian Court to Rule on Ex-Defense Min's Bribery Case

Crime | October 29, 2012, Monday // 08:38|  views

Bulgaria's Sofia City Court is to rule on Monday on the highly publicized bribery case involving the country's former Defense Minister, Nikolay Tsonev.

Last week, the Sofia Prosecutor's Office demanded a 7-year prison sentence for Tsonev, 6 years in jail for former Chief Secretary of the Finance Ministry Tencho Popov and five years behind bars for Judge Petar Santirov.

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

Tsonev, member of the former three-way coalition cabinet (2009-2009) was arrested 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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Tags: Nikolay Tsonev, bribery, malfeasance, Sofia City Court, case


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