Bulgaria Awaits Revelations over Latest Wiretap Scandal

Domestic | April 15, 2013, Monday // 08:36|  views

Bulgaria's chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's chief prosecutor is expected to present on Monday the findings of a probe into the latest wiretap scandal that shook the country last month.

Half a month ago Sotir Tsatsarov ordered a team of twelve nonpartisan prosecutors to probe the case.

The prosecutors said they will seek assistance from professional experts outside the system of the Interior Ministry in order to have independent consultants and opinions.

The investigation resulted from a tipoff sent to Tsatsarov by Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev.

At the end of March Stanishev said he was in shock after receiving earlier in the week via email the said tipoff, alleging mass spying on the part of the Interior Ministry under the rule of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, and its Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, ever since they took office in 2009.

According to this information, the eavesdropping had been done without a warrant by a judge, as the law postulates.

According to the tipoff, the list of wiretapped people includes former President, Georgi Parvanov, current President, Rosen Plevneliev, right-wing leader and former PM, Ivan Kostov, honorary ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan, nationalist leader, Volen Siderov, former Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, EU Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, when on visits to Bulgaria, Tsvetelina Borislavova - banker and ex-girlfriend of former PM, Boyko Borisov, businessmen Ivo Prokopiev, Grisha Ganchev, Georgi Gergov, and a number of magistrates, among others.

Tsvetanov firmly rejects the accusations, labeling them slander and black PR.

Stanishev further said "Tsatsarov has been impressed by the details in the tipoff," which has prompted him to launch the probe.

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