Ex-PM Borisov Referred to Prosecution over Bank Comments

Crime | July 1, 2014, Tuesday // 12:30|  views

Former Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has been referred to the Prosecution for discrediting the banking sector with some of his recent comments.

The signal to the Prosecution was sent by the former Defense Minister and founder of the Movement for Justice, Nikolay Tsonev.

According to Tsonev, the opposition GERB party leader Borisov has breached article 107 of the Penal Code, with his comment urging the government to "admit bankruptcy and call in the International Monetary Fund (IMF)".

Article 107 states that “anyone who seeks to weaken the government and to disrupt the functions of the monetary and credit system by inhibiting the activity of the institutions or by failing to perform assigned tasks, is liable to 3-10 years in prison, and in particularly grave cases – 15 years”.

“With his comments, Mr. Borisov has abused his public position, adding to the panic and fear in society by disseminating false information about the banking sector, and putting unnecessary pressure on the country’s financial institutions”, Tsonev’s signal to the Prosecution reads.

Speaking in Nova TV’s morning programme, the ex-Defense Minister accused Borisov of regularly causing havoc and confusion in society by spreading unverified information.

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Tags: IMF, penal code, GERB, Nikolay Tsonev, banking sector, Boyko Borisov, prosecution


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