Bulgarian President Urges Dismissal of Anti-Mafia Head

Domestic | April 19, 2013, Friday // 16:37|  views

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has hinted that Stanimir Florov, head of the Bulgarian police’s anti-mafia unit, should be axed.

“I expect the caretaker Interior Minister to be uncompromising and to take the necessary measures to assist the Prosecutor’s Office – even if this includes dismissing the director of the Chief Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP),” Plevneliev said on Friday, referring to caretaker Interior Minister Petya Parvanova.

His statement followed the news that GDBOP head Stanimir Florov had been charged with large-scale bribery.

Last week,  prosecution authorities announced they had received copies of what is claimed to be classified police documents implicating Florov in facilitated drug trafficking.

The alleged documents have been identified as records of a police investigations on Florov's suspected activities facilitating international drug trafficking in Bulgaria in the late 1990s and the 2000s.

In particular, the documents mentioned that Florov had been paid to provide cover up for Middle East drug dealers and for the illegal drug manufacturing in the so-called "Opitsvet" affair in 1997.

Currently the head of the Bulgarian police's Chief Directorate for Fight against Organized Crime (GDBOP), at the time Stanimir Florov was an officer in the unit's predecessors.

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Tags: classified, police, drug trafficking, Stanimir Florov, prosecution, organized crime, bribery, Rosen Plevneliev


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