Chief Investigator: Crime Abounds in Bulgaria

Domestic | April 26, 2013, Friday // 15:32|  views

Boyko Naydenov, the Chief of Bulgaria's National Investigative Services and former interim Chief Prosecutor, photo by BGNES

The Chief of the National Investigative Services and former interim Chief Prosecutor, Boyko Naydenov, says that there are limits for everyone in communicating with politicians regardless of their own post.

Naydenov spoke Friday, after Bulgarian media published a scandalous special surveillance devices recording including a conversation between former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, 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 their possible sexual orientation.

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.

The talk 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.

Boyko Naydenov made the statement after being approached by the media with a request to comment if it was normal for prosecutors and senior politicians to hold such conversations.

He was at the site of the reenactment of the Burgas terror act and explained he had seen only a paragraph or so of the transcript from the recording.

The Investigation Chief stressed he did not want to be the moral judge of anyone, particularly before knowing if the tape is authentic and how exactly it was obtained.

To the rhetorical question that making such recordings without a Court permit is a crime, he replied:

"It is obvious there is much crime in Bulgaria. However, right now, I cannot say if there will be sanctions and consequences for Kokinov. I need to know more. But I am not under the impression he is being kept in the dark, as the transcript reveals, on the contrary, he has been assigned some of the most serious cases."

Naydenov is the only one from the investigation to comment on the most recent developments in "Bulgaria's Watergate Scandal." The Prosecutor's Office is yet to issue an official statement about the leaks.

Former Interior Minister in the GERB Cabinet, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, has been accused of being the mastermind and culprit behind mass illegal spying in Bulgaria. He firmly denies the allegations.

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