Bulgaria: Kiril Petkov no longer has Parliamentary Immunity

Politics | June 21, 2023, Wednesday // 11:54|  views

Kiril Petkov

The co-chairman of "We Continue the Change-Democratic Bulgaria" Kiril Petkov is now without parliamentary immunity.

On Friday, hours after the election of Borislav Sarafov as acting chief prosecutor, Petkov announced that he would give up his immunity. In his last days as chief prosecutor, Ivan Geshev requested the removal of Petkov's parliamentary protection because of his Canadian citizenship when he became a minister.

Sarafov himself made it clear that he is inclined to withdraw the requests for the parliamentary protection of Boyko Borissov and Kiril Petkov, because his predecessor Geshev became more active with the cases against the two after he saw himself threatened by the politicians because of the adopted mechanism for controlling the Prosecutor General. However, according to Kiril Petkov, this is not the way in which an objective and transparent examination of the facts should be conducted on each of the requests.

Petkov's immunity was requested on the day of the vote of the "Denkov-Gabriel" rotating cabinet and the request was submitted by Ivan Geshev to the parliament's registry a few days later. Last week, the MPs created a temporary committee on immunities, which must consider all the evidence on the requested immunities and prepare an opinion. The final decision on the removal of the protection will be in the plenary hall. The commission is yet to consider the requests for immunity of Boyko Borissov, Daniel Alexandrov and Dimitar Avramov.

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