CIA Exposed Crimes of Key Bulgarian Liberal MP – Report

Crime | November 8, 2013, Friday // 11:02|  views

Hristo Biserov, photo BGNES

The CIA has exposed financial crimes of Hristo Biserov, former Deputy Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament.

The information was reported Friday by the Bulgarian daily Standard, citing their own, well-informed police sources. It emerged earlier that the tipoff about the crimes has been sent to Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security (DANS) by a foreign special service.

Transfers from Biserov's Swiss account to assets of his stepson Ivaylo Glavinkov in Macedonia have attracted the attention of agents, and after a second tranche of USD 50 000, they have notified their Bulgarian counterparts.

Upon receiving the money, the two made deposits, withdrew cash and made bank transfers to related companies registered in the offshore zones of the Seychelles Islands.

The former Member of the Parliament is being also investigated for a false tax declaration.

Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov announced Thursday morning that The Sofia City Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation into allegations that Hristo Biserov, former Deputy Chairman of Bulgaria's liberal and predominantly ethnic Turkish party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) has committed financial and tax crimes.

Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary of the Interior, Svetlozar Lazarov, speaking for TV7 Friday, dissipated rumors that Biserov has disappeared and/or fled abroad.

"Police are not currently conducting a search for Hristo Biserov because no one has alerted us that he is missing. Ultimately, when the Ministry of Interior, the police, undertake certain actions, they are made through the appropriate legal process," said he.

Lazarov would not comment on how information on the case leaked from DANS, stressing he was not going to be involved in any way in political intrigues.

"Those who comment on these things know better," he explained.

Also on Thursday, the Bulgarian Parliament voted Biserov's resignation and he was released from his lawmaker post.

Hristo Biserov, former Deputy Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament and former Deputy Chairman of DPS has been a long-time key figure in the party's leadership, and has acted as MP from the party since 2005 until November 3, when he surprisingly resigned from all posts, citing personal reasons.

Biserov has asked to have his membership in DPS frozen, the movement's leader Lyutvi Mestan announced on Monday.

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