Calls for Prosecuting Bulgaria's Ex PM Gain Momentum after 'Watergate' Shock

Domestic | April 26, 2013, Friday // 15:09|  views

Bulgaria’s former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is pictured here in happier times and glory days, surrounded by the admiration of his party members. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria’s former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov should face prosecution, rather than elections, opposition parties have said after the so-called 'watergate' scandal sent new shockwaves in the country.

“It is important that the authenticity of the recordings is verified. If they are really authentic, all the people involved should forget about running in any elections till the rest of their lives and face the prosecutors,” Vanyo Sharkov, former MP from the right-wing Blue Coalition, commented for

His comment came shortly after Bulgarian media published a scandalous special surveillance devices recording including a conversation between him, former Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, and Sofia City Prosecutor, Nikolay Kokinov.

It is filled with profanities, curses, vulgarities, and insults of prosecutors, politicians, and journalists, including ridicule of some of them over appearing to be homosexual.

The most insults are directed at Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, with Kokinov blaming Borisov of handpicking him as it turned out he was not acting as expected.

"Inevitably, the scandal will undermine GERB,” Sharkov added, referring to the previously ruling party of Boyko Borisov.

“This style of communication, everything that is inside the recording makes it clear - these people think they are above the law, they thought they could do whatever they wanted to," concluded Vanyo Sharkov.

Gorda Bulgaria coalition leader - eccentric MEP Slavi Binev - took the accusations a step further and said that former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov should be jailed.

“One thing is clear - these people acted like criminals and used their state positions as a cover-up.

Borisov and Tsvetanov not only should stay out of the next parliament, but stand trial and go to jail.”

The talk in the scandalous recording basically revolves around corruption charges pressed against Naydenov and Kokinov being in hot water over breaches he had committed, and ways for both to get out of them.

In commenting on the recording, Borisov said it was obvious there is a second, illegal Interior Ministry, which works parallel with the State institution to produce discrediting information about politicians and distribute slander.

He voiced fear his private home might be bugged as well.

The former PM stressed he had not listen to the tape and would not listen to it as he did not want to go near disgusting things, so he had no idea if the recording was fake or tempered with.

He, however, pointed out that in these days technology is capable of everything.

The recording (in Bulgarian) can be listened to HERE as realeased by the BGNES news agency.

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Tags: Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, prosecution, corruption, GERB, Boyko Borisov, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, wiretapping, special surveillance devices, Rosen Plevneliev, Kalin Georgiev, Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry, guards, security, Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, Nikolay Kokinov


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