Bulgaria's Judicial Council Seeks Disciplinary Action against Ex Sofia City Prosecutor

Domestic | May 20, 2013, Monday // 14:38|  views

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Five members of Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) have proposed initiating disciplinary action against former Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov over actions which breached the ethics code of Bulgarian magistrates and eroded public confidence in the judiciary.

On May 13, the VSS Ethics Committee requested the launch of disciplinary proceedings against Kokinov.

Nikolay Kokinov resigned from the post of  Sofia City Prosecutor on April 26, following the publication of scandalous leaked wiretaps of a conversation between him, former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, and former Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydeno.

The case is being investigated by the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassation.

Borisov, Naydenov and Kokinov are heard discussing options for obstructing court proceedings against Naydenov who faces charges of corruption and malfeasance in office.

Apart from that, Kokinov informs Borisov about the as-yet-unpublished results of an inspection of the prosecuting authority into alleged unauthorized use of special surveillance equipment.

VSS approved Kokinov's resignation from the post of administrative head of the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office at an extraordinary sitting on April 29.

Kokinov also filed his resignation as a magistrate but the motion could not be put to the vote until the finalization of disciplinary action against him over breaches of the principle of random assignment of cases.

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Tags: Nikolay Kokinov, Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, Ethics Committee, disciplinary action, Boyko Borisov, Miroslav Naydenov, wiretaps, Sofia City Prosecutor


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