Bulgaria Rightist Ex-PM Kostov: 'Watergate' Spells Borisov’s Death

Domestic | April 26, 2013, Friday // 16:49|  views

Right-wing leader Ivan Kostov (R), pictured here with Boyko Borisov (L) has reason to believe that "he who laughs last, laughs longest". File photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The 'watergate' scandal has dealt a deadly blow to former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his party, argues rightist party chair Ivan Kostov.

“It is quite obvious that the government of Boyko Borisov and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov restored the practices of the secret police during the communist regime,” Ivan Kostov, leader of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria and former prime minister commented the wiretapping scandal on Friday in the city of Stara Zagora.

"The scandalous recordings spell the political demise of these politicians, which will reflect on the party GERB. GERB does not have the capacity to survive this shock," said another Kostov.

Earlier on Friday 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.

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 released 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, Ivan Kostov


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