Bulgaria’s Socialists Seek Partial Ban on Secret Files

Domestic | October 3, 2013, Thursday // 13:54|  views

Bulgarian Socialist leader Sergey Stanishev made headlines six years ago by saying that communist-era police files were valuable mainly to history books and held little importance to current affairs. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s ruling Socialists plan to prohibit the disclosure of collaborators of the State Security, the intelligence and secret police during the communist regime, if they have continued to assume key posts in the intelligence after 1991.

The ban was adopted by the previous government of Boyko Borisov and was slammed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party and its ally the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, then in opposition.

The GERB leader has now proposed to the right-wing SDS and DSB to unite against the expected lifting of the ban.

The files of the former Committee for State Security are a thorny issue in Bulgaria, especially when it comes to the past of high-ranking officials.

Bulgaria's communist-era security service is believed to have remained potent after the fall of communism with the ex-operatives closely linked to the political and business establishment.

The previous government of Boyko Borisov managed to push through parliament a law, which prohibits MPs who were collaborators of the State Security, the intelligence and secret police during the communist regime, to assume key posts in Parliament.

The ban however was overturned by the Consittutional Court after it was approached by the formerly ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party and its ally the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, now in opposition, who vehemently protested against the ban.

The court ruled the decision unconstitutional, saying it limits the rights of the members of parliament to be elected in the parliamentary bodies.

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