German Probe: Bulgariа's Borisov Was Criminal's 'Big Brother'Crime | December 7, 2012, Friday // 18:48| views
A copy of the German report from the interrogation of a Bulgarian heroin trafficking suspect who mentioned PM Borisov as someone at a senior post, providing cover-up for the ringleader. Photo by Bivol
A leaked report of German's special services has once again implicated Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov in illegal activities in the past, the site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg writes Friday.
In 2006, a Court in the German city of Munich has sentenced 11 individuals to a total of 65 years for heroin trafficking. The ringleader of the organized crime group is identified as Alexander Alexandrov from Vladaya, near the Bulgarian capital Sofia. The Bavarian investigation has proven that Alexandrov has organized and managed a channel that trafficked 2 tons of heroin from Turkey through Bulgaria to Europe between 1998 and 2004.
Alexandrov has been sentenced to 14 years behind bars, but has refused to serve them in Bulgaria.
Law enforcement from a total of 12 countries has taken part in the operation to bust the heroin channel, according to press briefings from that time, Bivol reports.
From the Bulgarian side, the operation has been led by Ivan Tsvetkov, the Head of the Narcotics Unit of the Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime, GDBOP.
Bulgarian services have identified Alexandrov on a tipoff from Munich, which was initially sent by Turkish law enforcement.
On February 12, 2004, the anti-mafia police have raided a residence used as storage and found 145 kg of heroin inside. 5 people have been arrested, but the channel has remained in operation until the end of 2004.
Alexandrov has been arrested in mid-December of the same year in Macedonia with an arrest warrant issued in Munich.
Two months before this arrest, in October 2004, the Bavarian Customs investigation has interrogated one of the suspects, Bulgarian national Slavcho Georgiev, AKA Paluh, who has been one of the couriers of the gang.
Bivol cite the protocol from the interrogation, where the following statement of Paluh has been recorded:
"Today I want to say something about Sacho, his real name is Alexandrov. When, once in a while, I was meeting Sasho, on some occasions he was telling me that he could not talk to me at the moment because he was in the company of a prosecutor, a Customs boss, or another senior official. Such people visited Sasho's home often.
Once, he did not let me inside his home because he had a visit from some Customs boss. I was sent away at the entrance, where a security camera was mounted. Sasho told me on the intercom that he had no time for me since he was with important people.
Sasho also was often saying that he had been meeting with the Big Brother, meaning Bulgaria's Interior Minister, Borisov, Boyko. They also call him The General because this is his official rank.
He also told me literarily that this was the Interior Minister of Bulgaria." (End quote)
Bivol write that the document from the interrogation they have in their possession is 8 pages long, in German, and it is authentic.
During this time, Borisov was not Interior Minister, but Chief Secretary of the Interior – two titles that are often confused in other foreign reports as well.
Also at the time of the police operation, Bulgarian media presented Borisov as a hero and top participant in the bust of the heroin channel, Bivol reminds.
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