Decision Postponed on Notorious Bulgarian Prosecutor

Domestic | December 17, 2012, Monday // 17:11|  views

Gugusheva withdrew her candidacy to become a member of Bulgaria's Constitutional Court. Photo by BGNES

The Ethics Committee at Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council has postponed its decision on notorious prosecutor Galya Gugusheva for January 2013.

The country's judicial governing body was expected to be ready with a statement on Gugusheva on Monday.

However, Ethics Committee chair Yasen Todorov has told reporters that her case is "complicated" and needs further consideration.

On December 11 Gugusheva withdrew her candidacy to become a member of Bulgaria's Constitutional Court following a series of allegations of past abuse of power. Earlier, right-wing UDF and ruling center-right GERB decided to withdraw support for Gugusheva.

Gugusheva's nomination was approved by UDF leadership and tabled by non-affiliated MPs, as the party's MPs refused to support the nomination, which led to them being dismissed.

UDF and GERB reached an agreement for UDF to work on presenting a new candidacy, but the procedure is not expected to start before the New Year.

Gugusheva became the second failed Constitutional Court nominee by Parliament, after the fiasco with judge Veneta Markovska, whose election by Parliament was not respected by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, due to allegations of dealing in influence that she was not able to dispel.

Apart from the Supreme Judicial Council's Ethics Committee, inspections against Gugusheva are also underway at the National Revenue Agency (NRA) and the Inspectorate at the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassation.

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Tags: Galya Gugusheva, Constitutional Court, Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, Ethics Committee, Specialized Appellate Prosecutor's Office


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