Date Set for Bulgarian Ex-Top Cop's Obstruction of Justice Trial

Crime | September 16, 2013, Monday // 15:40|  views

Former Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov (2009-2012). Photo by BGNES

The high-profile “obstruction of justice” trial against Bulgaria’s former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has been scheduled to kick off on October 10, 2013 in the Sofia City Court.

The indictment stems from Tsvetanov's refusal to endorse 6 prosecutor's requests to grant a permit for the use of special surveillance devices during an investigation against Orlin Todorov, former head of Veliko Tarnovo's regional anti-mafia unit.

According to prosecutors, Tsvetanov violated the Special Surveillance Devices Act and the Penal Code by refusing the deployment of special surveillance devices.

The alleged violation was discovered during the investigation against former Interior Ministry official, the ex-Head of the Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime, GDBOP, Stanimir Florov, who is believed to be a close ally of the former Interior Minister.

Tsvetanov, currently deputy chairman of the opposition center-right GERB party - is already charged on a different count – for allowing unauthorized mass use of  special surveillance devices.

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