Bulgaria’s GERB Key Official Gets Away Without Money Laundering Investigation

Crime | July 1, 2013, Monday // 08:30|  views

Iskra Fidosova is a former chair of the judicial commission in parliament and a current key lawmaker of Bulgaria’s center-right GERB party. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Iskra Fidosova, a former chair of the judicial commission in parliament and current key lawmaker of Bulgaria’s center-right GERB party, will not be investigated for money laundering, prosecutors have told local media.

No evidence was found to verify the allegations against Fidosova, prosecutors told Pressa daily.

In May, the Bulgarian Legion "Anti-Mafia" stated that the investigation had been launched against Fidosova in the organized crime unit of the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassation.

The anti-mafia NGO also claimed on Thursday that former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov (2009-2013) is being investigated for allegedly attempting to obstruct the criminal investigation into Fidosova’s money laundering case.

In 2007, Fidosova received BGN 150 000 under a property rent contract from Titan AS, one of the companies that handles Sofia's garbage disposal.

The payment invoice showing that Fidosova received the sum was first made public by the conservative Law, Order and Justice party back in 2011.

The former GERB MP allegedly hid the transaction in her conflict of interests declaration.
Titan representatives told prosecutors the sum was just a deposit for the property deal that was to be managed by Fidosova and which failed because the company gave it up.

Fidosova returned the money and was not obliged to write it in her conflict of interests declaration, the prosecutors concluded.

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Tags: Iskra Fidosova, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, GERB, money laundering, investigation


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