EP Committee to Discuss Bulgaria's Wiretapping Scandal on May 29

Bulgaria in EU | May 7, 2013, Tuesday // 17:43|  views

The European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France, 13 March 2013. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs ("LIBE") has decided to include the wiretapping scandal in Bulgaria in its agenda.

The decision was approved Tuesday with 32 votes for and 26 votes against.

The discussion is expected to take place at the next sitting of the committee, May 29, according to preliminary reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).

Meanwhile, an interim report of the Election Observation Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) dispatched to Bulgaria for the May 12 early parliamentary elections mentioned the ongoing wiretapping scandal as well as fears of undue intervention of the Interior Ministry in the election process.

The scandal broke out at the end of March, when Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), submitted a tipoff to Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, about alleged illegal wiretapping of politicians, businesspeople and magistrates which had taken place during the rule of Borisov's center-right GERB party (2009-2013).

At the end of April, a secretly recorded conversation between Borisov, former Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, and already-former Sofia City Prosecutor, Nikolay Kokinov, leaked in Bulgarian media, stirring a massive scandal.

The talk in the leaked 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.

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Tags: European parliament, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, early elections, parliamentary elections, wiretapping, illegal wiretapping, GERB government, Sergey Stanishev, GERB, Tsvetan Tsvetanov


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