'Watergate' May Spell the End of Sofia City Prosecutor’s Career

Crime | April 28, 2013, Sunday // 11:18|  views

Kokinov is facing a scandalous and early end to his career in Bulgaria's judiciary. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Nikolay Kokinov, who resigned from the post of Sofia City Prosecutor on Friday amid a huge wiretapping scandal, may be kicked out of Bulgaria's judicial system altogether, according to media reports.

Kokinov filed his resignation on Friday afternoon via Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov to the Supreme Judicial Council (VSS).

The Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) is now planning to not just accept Kokinov’s resignation, but also dismiss him on disciplinary grounds from the judicial system altogether, Presa daily reported on Sunday, citing insiders.

VSS is about to convene on Monday.

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.

Тhe Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassation has launched proceedings aimed at establishing the authenticity of the wiretaps and whether there is sufficient information pointing to a crime against justice and malfeasance in office.

According to the media statement of the prosecuting authority, the wiretapped conversations are not the result of authorized use of special surveillance devices.

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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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