Prosecution to Summon Bulgaria Ex PM Borisov - Chief Prosecutor

Crime | April 29, 2013, Monday // 10:39|  views

Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has confirmed that the prosecution will summon former PM Boyko Borisov to witness regarding the scandalous leaked conversation he apparently participated in.

"I have no intention whatsoever to wait and to make the prosecution hostage to anyone's political interests, much less to make it part of the play for upcoming elections," stated Tsatsarov at a press event Monday.

This is the first comment on the part of the Chief Prosecutor regarding the latest developments of the so-called wiretapping or "Watergate" scandal going on in Bulgaria.

Boyko Borisov, who still chairs former ruling GERB party, was one of the actors in a scandalous recorded conversation that was leaked to the public Friday, also including now resigned Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov, and former Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov.

In the conversation, Kokoninov, Borisov and Naydenov are heard discussing ways to impede court procedings against Naydenov, who has been charged with abuse of power.

"The prosecution has already started an investigation on this conversation," said Tsatsarov Monday.

"It is to be determined whether the exchanges constitute a crime against justice, and/ or an abuse of office," added he.

"The prosecution cannot simply stand and wait, it must do its work," stated Tsatsarov.

The development comes in the context of a wider 'Watergate'-style scandal shaking Bulgaria after the prosecution revealed findings showing that the Ministry of Interior under former minister and GERB vice-chair Tsvetan Tsvetanov practiced massive use of special surveillance devices in violation of regulations.

Opposition leaders have commented that GERB has used its term in office to spy on political and economic opponents. The scandal has contributed to an increasingly sharp campaign leading up to the May 12 early parliamentary elections.

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Tags: Sofia City Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, Nikolay Kokinov, Boyko Borisov, Miroslav Naydenov, Watergate, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, special surveillance devices. GERB, elections


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