Bulgaria's Ex Top Cop Sues Police after Snubbing Own Order

Crime | August 26, 2013, Monday // 13:50|  views

Bulgaria's former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov. Photo by BGNES

Former Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov is suing the Interior Ministry over a procedure of criminal record registration he, himself, issued during his term.

At the beginning of July, Tsvetanov, who is charged with failing to execute proper control on unauthorized mass wiretapping in the country, was summoned to the Sofia Directorate of the Interior Ministry, SDVR, to have his fingerprints taken and for a DNA test. He refused to comply.

This is a routine procedure that is applied to all suspects who have been charged with premeditated crimes.

Tsvetanov has now filed a complaint with the Sofia Administrative Court against the order of Chief Inspector, Nikolay Krachmarov, from SDVR, to sanction him with a fine for contempt.

The sitting in the case is scheduled for October 23.

Tsvetanov issued and signed the order to have criminal records for all defendants in premeditated crime cases in March 2011.

In June, he was legally charged with allowing unauthorized mass use of Special Surveillance Devices, SRS.

The Prosecutor's Office is conducting a probe in the anonymous tipoff of mass illegal spying on senior politicians, wealthy businessmen, and journalists, submitted by the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, and former PM, Sergey Stanishev.

The probe in the case is still ongoing, and, according to sources from the Prosecutor's Office, the delay is largely attributed to the sudden death of a top expert witness in the case.

The former Interior Minister, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the now-opposition, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, insists he is innocent, stressing the charges are groundless as every former and future Interior Ministry head could face similar ones.

Tsvetanov is also charged on a different count – obstruction of justice.

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