Bulgarian Police: Scandalous Recording Was Made Illegally

Crime | April 27, 2013, Saturday // 10:02|  views

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, is pleased with the recent work of the Prosecutor's Office. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian Interior Ministry has officially confirmed that there have not been any requests for use of special surveillance devices, SRS, in connection with the scandalous recording leaked to the media.

The recording includes a conversation between former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, former Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, and Sofia City Prosecutor, Nikolay Kokinov.

The Interior Ministry has already asked the Prosecutor's Office to launch a probe in order to identify the person who anonymously leaked the information by email.

In the wee hours Friday, a number of Bulgaria media received the said email, including 15 audio files, from a server hosted in Russia. The message was signed with the name Boyko Naydenov Kokinov. The sender claims he is a current employee of the Interior Ministry technical unit which deals with SRS and was sick and tired of being part of criminal activities as his team was constantly ordered to illegally wiretap officials.

Later on Friday, caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, received a written report from caretaker Interior Minister, Petya Parvanova, confirming that there were no official police requests and use of SRS for Borisov, Naydenov, and Kokinov after March 13 (the date the caretaker government took the oath of office).

"I hope this case would further reaffirm my belief that recently the Prosecutor's Office has started to act decisevely and that they would come up with conclusions quickly as the issue is of outmost importance for the country," Raykov commented.

Meanwhile, the Prosecutor's Office announced they were indeed launching a probe in the authenticity of the tapes, most likely recorded in Borisov's own home in Sofia's suburb of Boyana.

The prosecution is also holding a special press conference in the scandal on Monday.

The Chief of the National Investigative Services and former interim Chief Prosecutor, Boyko Naydenov, is the only one so far from the investigation to comment on the most recent developments in "Bulgaria's Watergate Scandal." He said the recording once again showed that there is plenty of crime in the country.

The taped conversation 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.

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.

Kokinov resigned from the post Friday afternnon after being urgently called for talks with Tsatsarov.

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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