Bulgarian Prosecution Moves to Strip Ex-Top Cop's Immunity

Crime | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 08:18|  views

Bulgarian former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has formally requested that former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov be stripped of his immunity.

Tsvetanov, a key official of the center-right GERB party, is to be probed for unauthorized wiretapping.

The former Interior Minister tabled a request to be stripped of immunity as lawmaker just hours after the country’s new Parliament convened last week.  However, his request turned out to be of no legal value.

The so-called “Bulgarian Watergate” scandal unfurled at the end of March when Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), submitted a tipoff to Tsatsarov about alleged illegal wiretapping of politicians, businesspeople and magistrates which had taken place during the rule of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov's GERB party (2009-2013).

On April 30, the prosecution announced that Tsvetanov faced charges of failing to exercise proper control over the use of special surveillance devices during his term in office.

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