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Bulgaria court to sit on illegal tapping trial against ex-minister

Bulgaria court to sit on illegal tapping trial against ex-minister

3 July 2014 | 08:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is to sit on the third trial against former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and other defendants – Tsvetan Ivanov, Kamen Kostov, Sergey Katsarov, accused under Article 387, Paragraph 2 of the Penal Code, and namely – illegal use of special investigation means.
The other three defendants in the trial are former directors with the Specialised Directorate for Operational-Technical Operations.
According to the indictment, the three directors have not created a regulation for the use of the specialised mobile equipment and have missed to exert control on the legal use of special investigation means.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov, on the other hand, is accused of deliberately allowing the three directors to commit a crime.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping.
He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
On May 29 the court imposed Tsvetanov an effective sentence of four years imprisonment despite prosecution’s request for three-year suspended sentence and three-year ban on occupying a state position, as well as five-year probation.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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Judge heard at his request over comments of Bulgaria ex-minister lawyer

Judge heard at his request over comments of Bulgaria ex-minister lawyer

16 June 2014 | 19:43 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Judge Toni Getov was heard at his request at the Professional Ethics and Prevention of Corruption committee with the Supreme Judicial Council, the press centre of the institution announced.
Getov was heard in connection with published by the media comments on the part of Hans-Peter Uhl, a German lawyer representing Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Deputy Chairperson of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) party, as well as on the part of some political figures on the court ruling that passed a guilty verdict on Tsvetanov and imposed a four-year imprisonment sentence on him.
Judge Getov explained at the Supreme Judicial Council he had randomly selected to be a judge-rapporteur on the case in October 10, 2013. An order was issued for dispatching of Judge Getov’s spouse, Albena Getova, to the diplomatic bureau in Berlin from September 1, 2013 until August 31, 2014. Bulgarian Ambassador to Germany, Radi Naydenov, proposed on September 30, 2013 Albena Getova’s mission is extended by a year – until August 31, 2015 - applying the respective reference to the proposal.
This date precedes the date on which Judge Getov was selected to be rapporteur on the case and it is impossible there is any connection between the two events.
”Even then comments appeared in a number of media pressure would be exerted on me by Chairperson of Sofia City Court, Vladimira Yaneva, as I was a judge sent on a mission. I would like to state no pressure was exerted on me and I even held no conversations with Judge Yaneva on this case. The pressure that is exerted by the statements of Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s defence and lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl, in particular, is political. This is offensive to Bulgaria. They make groundless accusations against my family, which occcurs for a second time on the case,” Judge Getov said.
He remarked the verdict in the case was passed unanimously by the judge panel only in line with the law, the collected evidence and the internal convictions of the members of the panel, without any interference and exerted pressure on anyone.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping.
He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
On May 29 the court imposed Tsvetanov an effective sentence of four years imprisonment despite prosecution’s request for three-year suspended sentence and three-year ban on occupying a state position, as well as five-year probation.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
In the third trial initiated against him, Tsvetan Tsvetanov and other defendants – Tsvetan Ivanov, Kamen Kostov, Sergey Katsarov, are charged under Article 387, Paragraph 2 of the Penal Code, and namely – accused of missing to exert control on the legal use of special investigation means. The other three defendants in the trial are former directors with the Specialised Directorate for Operational-Technical Operations.
The court did not proceed with the trial on May 30 over the absence of one of the defendants, Tsvetan Ivanov, who needed a life-saving haemodialysis procedure.
The sitting was adjourned to July 3.
Hans-Peter Uhl hinted at the end of May, after the passing of the guilty verdict, at the fact pressure could have been exerted on the court.
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Bulgaria court adjourned 3rd trial against ex-minister Tsvetanov (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria court adjourned 3rd trial against ex-minister Tsvetanov (ROUNDUP)

31 May 2014 | 01:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City court adjourned the third trial against former interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
In the third trial initiated against him, Tsvetan Tsvetanov and other defendants – Tsvetan Ivanov, Kamen Kostov, Sergey Katsarov, are charged under Article 387, Paragraph 2 of the Penal Code, and namely – accused of missing to exert control on the legal use of special investigation means. The other three defendants in the trial are former directors with the Specialised Directorate for Operational-Technical Operations.
The court did not proceed with the trial today over the absence of one of the defendants, Tsvetan Ivanov, who needed a life-saving haemodialysis procedure.
The sitting was adjourned to July 3.
Meanwhile the Supreme Judicial Council responded with an opinion on the accusations of political pressure in the case against former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The Supreme Judicial Council finds it inadmissible the tense political situation to reflect once again on the independent judicial power through attempts of being involved in conflicts between political figures, says the statement sent to the media in connection with public statements of representatives of Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) leadership for exerted pressure over the judicial panel which gave a guilty verdict against the deputy chairman of the party Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
We do not accept allegations unsupported by facts and evidence arguing that the court or prosecutors succumb to external pressure.


FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping.
He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
On May 29 the court imposed Tsvetanov an effective sentence of four years imprisonment despite prosecution’s request for three-year suspended sentence and three-year ban on occupying a state position, as well as five-year probation.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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SJC comes out with an opinion on the accusations of political pressure in the case against Tsvetan Tsvetanov

SJC comes out with an opinion on the accusations of political pressure in the case against Tsvetan Tsvetanov

30 May 2014 | 16:42 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Supreme Judicial Council responded with an opinion on the accusations of political pressure in the case against former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The Supreme Judicial Council finds it inadmissible the tense political situation to reflect once again on the independent judicial power through attempts of being involved in conflicts between political figures, says the statement sent to the media in connection with public statements of representatives of Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) leadership for exerted pressure over the judicial panel which gave a guilty verdict against the deputy chairman of the party Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
We do not accept allegations unsupported by facts and evidence arguing that the court or prosecutors succumb to external pressure.
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Shaking hands of Bulgarian judge show he is not sure of the sentence: Tsvetanov

Shaking hands of Bulgarian judge show he is not sure of the sentence: Tsvetanov

30 May 2014 | 13:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “What impressed Hans-Peter Uhl, lawyer Menko Menkov and me was the shaking hands of the judge, which means that he is not convinced of what he read [as a sentence],” Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, said commenting on the court ruling on one of the trials initiated against him, which sentences him on a four-year imprisonment for refusing to allow the use of special investigation means, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
According to Tsvetanov, if one is convinced and sure of something, one should “be stable and have the courage to read what the judge read yesterday”.
In his words, the pressure exerted on the judge was merely political.
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Bulgaria court adjourns 3rd trial against ex-minister Tsvetanov

Bulgaria court adjourns 3rd trial against ex-minister Tsvetanov

30 May 2014 | 11:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City court adjourned the third trial against former interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
In the third trial initiated against him, Tsvetan Tsvetanov and other defendants – Tsvetan Ivanov, Kamen Kostov, Sergey Katsarov, are charged under Article 387, Paragraph 2 of the Penal Code, and namely – accused of missing to exert control on the legal use of special investigation means. The other three defendants in the trial are former directors with the Specialised Directorate for Operational-Technical Operations.
The court did not proceed with the trial today over the absence of one of the defendants, Tsvetan Ivanov, who needed a life-saving haemodialysis procedure.
The sitting was adjourned to July 3.



FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping.
He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
On May 29 the court imposed Tsvetanov an effective sentence of four years imprisonment despite prosecution’s request for three-year suspended sentence and three-year ban on occupying a state position, as well as five-year probation.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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Bulgarian court gave in to pressure over Tsvetanov’s trial: Borisov

Bulgarian court gave in to pressure over Tsvetanov’s trial: Borisov

30 May 2014 | 09:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “Bulgarian court gave in to the pressure during yesterday’s court hearing and the passing of an effective sentence on Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) did its best to influence the court,” said Boyko Borisov, leader of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former prime minister, commenting on court’s ruling on the trial against ex-minister Tsvetanov, speaking for bTV.
Borisov commented further that any request for the use of special investigation means was signed by a court official, while he himself used to receive many refusals for the use of special investigation means from former interior minister Georgi Petkanov when Borisov worked as secretary general of the ministry.
Borisov did not miss recalling the trial against socialist leader Sergey Stanishev.
“I cannot miss mentioning how Sergey Stanishev did not receive a summons. I would like to recall that Stanishev, who is said to have lost nine of the most secret documents connected with the organised crime…
I would like to know how the judge can rule that Stanishev has once, twice… nine times he has lost documents,” Borisov said.
“If it was for another trial, I would have kept silent. But this one is absolutely political. Ministers with all governments have given refusals [for the use of special investigation means],” the former prime minister remarked.
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Bulgaria court to sit on illegal tapping trial against ex-minister

Bulgaria court to sit on illegal tapping trial against ex-minister

30 May 2014 | 08:17 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is to sit on the third trial against former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and other defendants – Tsvetan Ivanov, Kamen Kostov, Sergey Katsarov, accused under Article 387, Paragraph 2 of the Penal Code, and namely – of missing to exert control on the legal use of special investigation means.
The other three defendants in the trial are former directors with the Specialised Directorate for Operational-Technical Operations.
Today’s hearing will be the first sitting on the trial against ex-minister Tsvetanov.


FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping.
He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
On May 29 the court imposed Tsvetanov an effective sentence of four years imprisonment despite prosecution’s request for three-year suspended sentence and three-year ban on occupying a state position, as well as five-year probation.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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Sofia City Court rules Bulgaria ex-interior minister guilty in 2nd trial (ROUNDUP)

Sofia City Court rules Bulgaria ex-interior minister guilty in 2nd trial (ROUNDUP)

30 May 2014 | 01:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court sat on Thursday, May 29, on the wiretapping trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, FOCUS News Agency reported.
The trial was over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The court sitting on the trial was held behind closed doors.
Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office asked for a three-year suspended sentence and three-year ban on occupying a state position, as well as a five-year probation, for Mr Tsvetanov.
”What I have said is that I am innocent,” he said, speaking with journalists in the afternoon.
”I have always observed the laws in the Republic of Bulgaria and I have always tried to work in the interest of Bulgaria when I occupied important public or state posts. I presented my arguments as to why I did not commit the crimes the Prosecutor’s Office said I did. I hope the court panel will consider all [things], having in mind the pleadings on the part of lawyer Menko Menkov, lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl and lawyer Velev, and will rule [accordingly],” Mr Tsvetanov remarked.
At about 5:00 pm Sofia City Court passed a guilty verdict in the second trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
A four-year imprisonment sentence was imposed on him but he has the right to appeal against it.
Comments later came from the defendant and lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl, who represented him.
"Some 10 [court] sittings ago I received information from a reliable source pressure was exerted on the Bulgarian court to sentence Tsvetanov," said Hans-Peter Uhl, speaking with journalists.
"We hoped the court would remain independent and would not yield to this pressure, as it is normal in each legal state. In my opinion, the court could not bear the pressure. [...] I am really frightened by the state in which the [so-called] legal state is and I think this "standard" in Bulgaria is on the rise," Mr Tsvetanov’s lawyer said.
He did not wish to name people who could have influenced the court.
”You know very well what happens in the country. Is this normal,” asked Tsvetan Tsvetanov himself, speaking after the end of the second trial against him.
When asked if he believed in the Bulgarian court system, he answered positively.
”What I have as information from my lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl on top of that is very worrying. I have information which he shared with me yesterday evening, when I met him at the airport. Actually we came here feeling very pessimistic about the efficiency of the Bulgarian court [system],” Mr Tsvetanov said.
He protested his innocence and referred to a witness who had said at the previous court sitting ministers before him had refused many times to issue an order for the use of special investigation means but the attitude towards him [Tsvetanov] had been different.
At the same time the prosecutor on the case, Kaloyan Angelov, expressed his content with the outcome of the trial.
Tsvetanov is expected to face the start of the third trial against him – over illegal wiretapping.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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Bulgaria ex-interior minister protests innocence

Bulgaria ex-interior minister protests innocence

29 May 2014 | 19:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. ”You know very well what happens in the country. Is this normal,” asked Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, speaking after the end of the second trial against him, FOCUS News Agency reported.
Sofia City Court passed on Thursday a guilty verdict in the second trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister.
The second trial against Mr Tsvetanov is over his refusing six times to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
A four-year imprisonment sentence was imposed on Tsvetanov but he has the right to appeal against it.
When asked if he believed in the Bulgarian court system, he answered positively.
”What I have as information from my lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl on top of that is very worrying. I have information which he shared with me yesterday evening, when I met him at the airport. Actually we came here feeling very pessimistic about the efficiency of the Bulgarian court [system],” Mr Tsvetanov said.
He protested his innocence and referred to a witness who had said at the previous court sitting ministers before him had refused many times to issue an order for the use of special investigation means but the attitude towards him [Tsvetanov] had been different.
At the same time the prosecutor on the case, Kaloyan Angelov, expressed his content with the outcome of the trial.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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Bulgaria ex-interior minister’s lawyer makes comments as client is found guilty

Bulgaria ex-interior minister’s lawyer makes comments as client is found guilty

29 May 2014 | 19:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. "Some 10 [court] sittings ago I received information from a reliable source pressure was exerted on the Bulgarian court to sentence Tsvetanov," said lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl, speaking with journalists, FOCUS News Agency reported.
Sofia City Court passed on Thursday a guilty verdict in the second trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister.
The second trial against Mr Tsvetanov is over his refusing six times to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
A four-year imprisonment sentence was imposed on Tsvetanov but he has the right to appeal against it.
"We hoped the court would remain independent and would not yield to this pressure, as it is normal in each legal state. In my opinion, the court could not bear the pressure. [...] I am really frightened by the state in which the [so-called] legal state is and I think this "standard" in Bulgaria is on the rise," Mr Tsvetanov’s lawyer said.
He did not wish to name people who could have influenced the court.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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Sofia City Court rules Bulgaria ex-interior minister guilty in 2nd trial

Sofia City Court rules Bulgaria ex-interior minister guilty in 2nd trial

29 May 2014 | 17:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court passed a guilty verdict in the second trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, FOCUS News Agency reported.
The second trial against Mr Tsvetanov is over his refusing six times to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
A four-year imprisonment sentence was imposed on Tsvetanov but he has the right to appeal against it.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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I think court panel will consider all things and rule accordingly: Bulgaria ex-interior minister

I think court panel will consider all things and rule accordingly: Bulgaria ex-interior minister

29 May 2014 | 15:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. ”What I have said is that I am innocent,” said Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, speaking with journalists, FOCUS News Agency reported.
The court is sitting on the second trial against Mr Tsvetanov over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The trial is drawing near its end. The court is to announce the verdict at 5:00 pm.
”I have always observed the laws in the Republic of Bulgaria and I have always tried to work in the interest of Bulgaria when I occupied important public or state posts. I presented my arguments as to why I did not commit the crimes the Prosecutor’s Office said I did. I hope the court panel will consider all [things], having in mind the pleadings on the part of lawyer Menko Menkov, lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl and lawyer Velev, and will rule [accordingly],” Mr Tsvetanov said.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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Bulgaria court to sit on tapping trial against ex-interior minister

Bulgaria court to sit on tapping trial against ex-interior minister

29 May 2014 | 07:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is to sit on the wiretapping trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister.
The trial is over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The trial is drawing near its end. Pleadings are expected today.
Meanwhile, Tsvetanov is expected to face the start of the third trial against him – over illegal wiretapping.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
On Monday, May 26, Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov. The court ruling will be appealed.
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We expect verdicts of not guilty in all trials: Lawyer of Bulgaria ex-minister

We expect verdicts of not guilty in all trials: Lawyer of Bulgaria ex-minister

26 May 2014 | 11:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. ”We expect verdicts of not guilty in all the trials,” said lawyer Menko Menkov, speaking before journalists, FOCUS News Agency reported.
Mr Menkov represents Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister.
Sofia Regional Court passed a not guilty verdict in the misappropriation trial against Mr Tsvetanov on Monday.
”The defence has always been clam when defending Tsvetan Tsvetanov as the Bulgarian court has always worked at a good level, ruling in an unbiased way,” the lawyer commented further.
In his words, the verdict is based on facts and observed laws.
”We expect verdicts of not guilty in all the trials, definitely. And as far as the court panels are concerned, I have no worries as the current facts show Tsvetanov did not commit the crimes he is accused of,” Menko Menkov remarked.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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I observed laws and I have to: Bulgaria ex-interior minister

I observed laws and I have to: Bulgaria ex-interior minister

26 May 2014 | 10:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. ”I observed laws,” said Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, speaking with journalists as Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the misappropriation trial against him, FOCUS News Agency reported.
”You can follow the chronology of all that happened to me and you will have answers to what you would like to hear,” he said when asked if he would apologise to the Prosecutor’s Office after offering an apology to the Bulgarian court system.
He also mentioned a contract of Siemens which he had re-negotiated and with the money received the authorities managed to increase the Interior Ministry employees’ pay.
He explained it was impossible for him to sign a document in order to benefit from that and added he had an only chance to do it – by observing laws.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Sofia City Court rules Bulgaria’s ex-minister not guilty

Sofia City Court rules Bulgaria’s ex-minister not guilty

26 May 2014 | 10:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court passed a verdict of not guilty in the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, FOCUS News Agency reported.
Tsvetanov is accused of misappropriating BGN 50,000 from the budget of the Interior Ministry to the benefit of Orlin Todorov, former chief Regional Department Combating Organized Crime - Veliko Tarnovo.
More to follow.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Bulgaria court to rule on ex-interior minister’s trial

Bulgaria court to rule on ex-interior minister’s trial

26 May 2014 | 07:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is to rule on the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, FOCUS News Agency reported.
Tsvetanov is accused of misappropriating BGN 50,000 from the budget of the Interior Ministry to the benefit of another person.
Former director of the former General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime (GDBOP), Stanimir Florov, was questioned as a witness at the sitting last Thursday.
It then proceeded with questioning of Petya Parvanova, interior minister with the interim government of prime minister Marin Raykov.
The prosecution asked for a 5-year imprisonment sentence for Tsvetanov and a 5-year ban on his occupying state posts.
The prosecution also required confiscation of Tsvetanov’s property.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov offered an apology to the Bulgarian court [system] for his statements made over the years.
In connection with the asked by the prosecution sentence of 5-year imprisonment and the 5-year ban on occupying state posts, Mr Tsvetanov was asked a question whether he set his hopes on the court, which he replied to: ”This is the first time I have attended pleadings of both sides [the prosecution and defence]. Based on what I heard on the part of the prosecution I can only apologise to the Bulgarian court [system] for all the conclusions I made from what takes place inside court halls. If the defence of the state prosecution was the way the Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office [behaved] today, I must say I indeed went too far and made statements of assessment of the Bulgarian court [system] being unprepared. I have today attended pleadings for the first time and, unfortunately, I am one of the sides in the case,” Mr Tsvetanov said, adding he would accept the court ruling whatever it was.
He expressed hope the decision would be taken in line with Bulgarian legislation and without any pressure exerted.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Bulgaria court to rule on ex-interior minister’s trial on May 26 (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria court to rule on ex-interior minister’s trial on May 26 (ROUNDUP)

23 May 2014 | 00:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court sat Thursday, May 22 on the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, FOCUS News Agency reported.
Tsvetanov is accused of misappropriating BGN 50,000 from the budget of the Interior Ministry to the benefit of another person.
Former director of the former General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime (GDBOP), Stanimir Florov, was questioned as a witness at the Thursday sitting.
It then proceeded with questioning of Petya Parvanova, interior minister with the interim government of prime minister Marin Raykov.
The prosecution asked for a 5-year imprisonment sentence for Tsvetanov and a 5-year ban on his occupying state posts.
The prosecution also required confiscation of Tsvetanov’s property.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov offered an apology to the Bulgarian court [system] for his statements made over the years.
In connection with the asked by the prosecution sentence of 5-year imprisonment and the 5-year ban on occupying state posts, Mr Tsvetanov was asked a question whether he set his hopes on the court, which he replied to: ”This is the first time I have attended pleadings of both sides [the prosecution and defence]. Based on what I heard on the part of the prosecution I can only apologise to the Bulgarian court [system] for all the conclusions I made from what takes place inside court halls. If the defence of the state prosecution was the way the Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office [behaved] today, I must say I indeed went too far and made statements of assessment of the Bulgarian court [system] being unprepared. I have today attended pleadings for the first time and, unfortunately, I am one of the sides in the case,” Mr Tsvetanov said, adding he would accept the court ruling whatever it was.
He expressed home the decision would be taken in line with Bulgarian legislation and without any pressure exerted.
It was announced Sofia City Court will rule on the money misappropriation trial Mr Tsvetanov on May 26.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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I can only apologise to Bulgarian court system: Bulgarian ex-Interior Minister

I can only apologise to Bulgarian court system: Bulgarian ex-Interior Minister

22 May 2014 | 16:40 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former Interior Minister, who appeared on Thursday at a trial against him, offered an apology to the Bulgarian court [system] for his statements made over the years, FOCUS News Agency reported.
In connection with the asked by the prosecution sentence of 5-year imprisonment and the 5-year ban on occupying state posts, Mr Tsvetanov was asked a question whether he set his hopes on the court, which he replied to: ”This is the first time I have attended pleadings of both sides [the prosecution and defence]. Based on what I heard on the part of the prosecution I can only apologise to the Bulgarian court [system] for all the conclusions I made from what takes place inside court halls. If the defence of the state prosecution was the way the Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office [behaved] today, I must say I indeed went too far and made statements of assessment of the Bulgarian court [system] being unprepared. I have today attended pleadings for the first time and, unfortunately, I am one of the sides in the case,” Mr Tsvetanov said, adding he would accept the court ruling whatever it was.
He expressed home the decision would be taken in line with Bulgarian legislation and without any pressure exerted.
Tsvetanov is accused of misappropriating BGN 50,000 from the budget of the Interior Ministry to the benefit of another person.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Bulgaria court to rule on Tsvetanov trial on May 26

Bulgaria court to rule on Tsvetanov trial on May 26

22 May 2014 | 14:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is to rule on the money misappropriation trial against former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov on May 26, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
Tsvetanov is accused of misappropriating BGN 50,000 from the budget of the Interior Ministry to the benefit of another person.
The prosecution has asked for 5-year imprisonment sentence and a 5-year ban on occupying state posts, as well as confiscation of his property.
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Bulgaria prosecution asks 5-year imprisonment for Tsvetanov (corrected)

Bulgaria prosecution asks 5-year imprisonment for Tsvetanov (corrected)

22 May 2014 | 12:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The prosecution has asked for 5-year imprisonment sentence for former interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and a 5-year ban on occupying state posts, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
The prosecution also required confiscation of Tsvetanov’s property.
Previously Sofia City Court questioned Stanimir Florov, former director of the former General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime (GDBOP), and former interim interior minister Petya Parvanova.
The the trial against former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov started on March 26 and is heard under an accelerated procedure.
Tsvetanov is accused of misappropriating BGN 50,000 from the budget of the Interior Ministry to the benefit of another person.
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Former chief of Bulgaria’s ex-GDBOP service question in trial against ex-interior minister

Former chief of Bulgaria’s ex-GDBOP service question in trial against ex-interior minister

22 May 2014 | 10:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Former director of the former General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime (GDBOP), Stanimir Florov, has been questioned as a witness in the trial against former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
The court sitting proceeds with questioning of Petya Parvanova, interior minister with the interim government of prime minister Marin Raykov.
Tsvetanov is accused of misappropriating BGN 50,000 from the budget of the Interior Ministry to the benefit of another person.
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Bulgaria court to sit on tapping trial against ex-interior minister (corrected)

Bulgaria court to sit on tapping trial against ex-interior minister (corrected)

22 May 2014 | 07:32 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is to sit on the money misappropriation trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister.
Tsvetanov is accused of misappropriating BGN 50,000 from the budget of the Interior Ministry to the benefit of another person.


FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Bulgaria court sat on tapping trial against ex-interior minister (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria court sat on tapping trial against ex-interior minister (ROUNDUP)

16 May 2014 | 03:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Orlin Orlinov, the last witness to be questioned in the wiretapping trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, has appeared in court to attend the sitting on Thursday, FOCUS News Agency reported.
It was earlier announced he was wanted by the authorities to give testimony.
The trial is over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The previous sitting on May 13 was adjourned over the absence of Orlin Todorov himself.
The morning court sitting was first adjourned to 13:30 pm as Orlin Todorov could not come to court because of, in his lawyer’s words, his car had brokjen down close to the town of Sevlievo.
The police department in Gabrovo confirmed Todorov had used roadside assistance services and the failure in his car had been fixed but he again failed to appear in court to be questioned.
Sofia City Court imposed a fine to the former chief Regional Department Combating Organized Crime - Veliko Tarnovo Orlin Todorov after refusing to say who told him that against him should be used special investigative means (SIMs), FOCUS News Agency announced.
Orlin Todorov refused to name the officer from the police who gave him this information. The Court didn’t repeal a fine from previous session imposed on Todorov because of his absence from the session.
Orlin Todorov is a witness on Tsvetan Tsvetanov case. At today’s court session Orlin Todorov said he knows Tsvetan Tsvetanov from television after he became a minister.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Sofia City Court fines Orlin Todorov after refusing to say who told him that they will use SIMs against him

Sofia City Court fines Orlin Todorov after refusing to say who told him that they will use SIMs against him

15 May 2014 | 15:42 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court imposed a fine to the former chief Regional Department Combating Organized Crime - Veliko Tarnovo Orlin Todorov after refusing to say who told him that against him should be used special investigative means (SIMs), FOCUS News Agency announced.
Orlin Todorov refused to name the officer from the police who gave him this information. The Court didn’t repeal a fine from previous session imposed on Todorov because of his absence from the session.
Orlin Todorov is a witness on Tsvetan Tsvetanov case. At today’s court session Orlin Todorov said he knows Tsvetan Tsvetanov from television after he became a minister.
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Witness in tapping trial against ex-Bulgarian interior minister appears in court

Witness in tapping trial against ex-Bulgarian interior minister appears in court

15 May 2014 | 13:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Orlin Orlinov, the last witness to be questioned in the wiretapping trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, has appeared in court to attend the sitting on Thursday, FOCUS News Agency reported.
It was earlier announced he was wanted by the authorities to give testimony.
The trial is over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The previous sitting on May 13 was adjourned over the absence of Orlin Todorov himself.
The morning court sitting was first adjourned to 13:30 pm as Orlin Todorov could not come to court because of, in his lawyer’s words, his car had brokjen down close to the town of Sevlievo.
The police department in Gabrovo confirmed Todorov had used roadside assistance services and the failure in his car had been fixed but he again failed to appear in court to be questioned.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.

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Witness in tapping trial against ex-interior minister wanted by Bulgaria authorities

Witness in tapping trial against ex-interior minister wanted by Bulgaria authorities

15 May 2014 | 12:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Orlin Orlinov, the last witness to be questioned in the wiretapping trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, is wanted by the Bulgarian authorities, the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported.
He was not at home when the authorities tried to bring him by force to court to give testimony in the trial.
The trial is over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The previous sitting on May 13 was adjourned over the absence of Orlin Todorov himself.
The morning court sitting was first adjourned to 13:30 pm as Orlin Todorov could not come to court because of, in his lawyer’s words, his car had brokjen down close to the town of Sevlievo.
The police department in Gabrovo confirmed Todorov had used roadside assistance services and the failure in his car had been fixed but he again failed to appear in court to be questioned.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Bulgaria court to sit on tapping trial against ex-interior minister

Bulgaria court to sit on tapping trial against ex-interior minister

15 May 2014 | 08:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is to sit on the wiretapping trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister.
The trial is over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The required permit for the use of special investigation means was against Orlin Todorov, former head of the regional unit for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
The previous sitting on May 13 was adjourned over the absence of Orlin Todorov himself.
The morning court sitting was first adjourned to 13:30 pm as Orlin Todorov could not come to court because of, in his lawyer’s words, his car had brokjen down close to the town of Sevlievo.
The police department in Gabrovo confirmed Todorov had used roadside assistance services and the failure in his car had been fixed but he again failed to appear in court to be questioned.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Trial against Bulgaria’s ex-interior minister adjourned to May 15 (ROUNDUP)

Trial against Bulgaria’s ex-interior minister adjourned to May 15 (ROUNDUP)

14 May 2014 | 04:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court proceeded adjourned the trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, to May 15, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
The trial is over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
The adjournment was required due to the absence of witness Orlin Todorov, former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
Earlier, his lawyer said that Todorov had problems with his car, which broke on the way to Sofia. The judge, however, insisted for Todorov to be present at the court for today’s sitting and adjourned the trial to 1:30 p.m. today. The court later on made an inquiry to the district police directorate to see whether such a road accident had happened. The police confirmed the signal about a car that went out of order but added that the traffic police had responded to the signal and the breakdown had been fixed.
The court imposed a fine of BGN 300 on Todorov for his absence and adjourned the sitting.
“Prosecutor’s Office must approach itself and make the same charges against previous interior ministers before Tsvetanov” said German lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl, who defends former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov in the wiretapping trial, after hearing the court trial against Tsvetanov, cited by FOCUS News Agency .
“When a country is tapping telephone conversations of its citizens, this is an exceptional situation, and this situation must have in place the reasons,” lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl said.
"It is quite normal in such a restriction of fundamental rights, the decisions to this limitation to be taken from the highest political level of the ministry, that is - the level of the Secretary General or the Minister. Because of this, the witness of this morning said that it has happened repeatedly interior ministers of the highest political level to refuse the implementation of special investigative means (SIM)," Hans-Peter Uhl specified.
According to him, it says a witness who had headed the relevant department of the Interior Ministry, for more than ten years, and is very well familiar with the procedure of implementation of special investigative means.
Lawyer Hans-Peter Uhl, explained that there are many cases where interior ministers before Tsvetanov had refused the implementation of special investigative meas.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
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Bulgaria court proceeds with trial against ex-interior minister

Bulgaria court proceeds with trial against ex-interior minister

13 May 2014 | 10:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court proceeded with the trial against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
The trial is over refusal to issue an order for the use of special investigation means (Article 288, Paragraph 2; Article 26, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code).
At the moment the court is questioning witness Tsvetan Ivanov. The interrogation is done behind closed doors to avoid threats at the national security.
Witness Orlin Todorov made another attempt not to appear at the court, saying he has problems with the trip to the capital city Sofia. The judge, however, insisted for Todorov to be present at the court for today’s sitting.
Tsvetanov is present, too, accompanied by his two lawyers.

FOCUS News Agency recalls:
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was first accused of illegal wiretapping. He was also accused of refusing to issue an order for the use of special investigation means in a pre-court proceeding against Orlin Todorov (former director of the regional unit of the General Directorate for Fight against Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo) despite his duties and obligations in his capacity of interior minister provided under Article 16 Paragraph 1 of the Special Investigations Means Act and Article 175 Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Procedure Code – a crime under Article 288 of the Penal Code and Article 26 of the Penal Code.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov was also charged with another crime, namely embezzlement of a large sum of money from the Interior Ministry budget – BGN 50,000, which was facilitated by another crime he committed in his capacity of Interior Minister. The money in question was embezzled to the benefit of Mr Orlin Todorov.
Mr Tsvetanov violated the law as he, being Minister of Interior, ordered that Mr Todorov receive his salary while being suspended from employment and also be paid monetary compensation while being under arrest in the town of Lovech.
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Bulgaria Sofia City Court adjourns ex-interior minister trial

Bulgaria Sofia City Court adjourns ex-interior minister trial

16 April 2014 | 10:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court adjourned Wednesday’s sitting on the second trial, over third charges, initiated against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, FOCUS News Agency reported.
The next sitting is scheduled to be held on May 22.
The reason for the court’s decision is the absence of an assessor.
Stanimir Florov, former head of the Chief Directorate Combating Organised Crime, and Petya Parvanova, former interior minister in the caretaker government, were present at the sitting.
Mr Tsvetanov and his lawyer Menko Menkov also attended the sitting.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov is accused of large-scale money misappropriation from the budget of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, as the defendant committed a criminal breach of trust in order to get the money. The sum in question is about BGN 50,000.
The indictment says that the money was misappropriated to the favour of Orlin Todorov, former head of the territorial unit of the general directorate for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
In violation to the law ex-minister Tsvetanov ordered that Todorov is paid a labour remuneration for the time of his dismissal from the post and the compensation period in which the latter was under arrest at the prison in the town of Lovech. Thus, Todorov received a salary and a compensation for unused leave for the time of his arrest, as well as 20 salaries for his retirement from the Interior Ministry.
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Bulgaria’s Sofia City Court to sit on 2nd trial against ex-interior minister

Bulgaria’s Sofia City Court to sit on 2nd trial against ex-interior minister

16 April 2014 | 08:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is to hold Wednesday a sitting on the second trial, over third charges, initiated against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister.
Tsvetanov is accused of large-scale money misappropriation from the budget of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, as the defendant committed a criminal breach of trust in order to get the money. The sum in question is about BGN 50,000.
The indictment says that the money was misappropriated to the favour of Orlin Todorov, former head of the territorial unit of the general directorate for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
In violation to the law ex-minister Tsvetanov ordered that Todorov is paid a labour remuneration for the time of his dismissal from the post and the compensation period in which the latter was under arrest at the prison in the town of Lovech. Thus, Todorov received a salary and a compensation for unused leave for the time of his arrest, as well as 20 salaries for his retirement from the Interior Ministry.
Some of the witnesses summoned were heard at the previous sitting on the trial, which was actually the first one. The prosecutor demanded information from the State Agency for National Security (SANS) if in the period when Orlin Todorov was suspended from the post he held until he was returned to it the post was occupied by another person, and if so, who this person was.
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2nd trial against Bulgaria’s ex-interior minister enters court (ROUNDUP)

2nd trial against Bulgaria’s ex-interior minister enters court (ROUNDUP)

27 March 2014 | 03:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Sofia City Court is held Wednesday the first sitting on the second trial, over third charges, initiated against Tsvetan Tsvetanov, deputy chairperson of the oppositional Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former interior minister, FOCUS News Agency reported.
Tsvetanov is accused of large-scale money misappropriation from the budget of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, as the defendant committed a criminal breach of trust in order to get the money. The sum in question is about BGN 50,000.
The indictment says that the money was misappropriated to the favour of Orlin Todorov, former head of the territorial unit of the general directorate for fight against organised crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
In violation to the law ex-minister Tsvetanov ordered that Todorov is paid a labour remuneration for the time of his dismissal from the post and the compensation period in which the latter was under arrest at the prison in the town of Lovech. Thus, Todorov received a salary and a compensation for unused leave for the time of his arrest, as well as 20 salaries for his retirement from the Interior Ministry.
More than twenty witnesses had been summoned for questioning at Wednesday’s first hearing.
Tsvetan Tsvetanov arrived at the court accompanied by his lawyer Menko Menkov.
Detelin Dimitrov, chairperson of the committee on disciplinary proceedings, who is also a witness, said at the trial that Orlin Todorov had continued to receive his remuneration for two months after being arrested and an order concerning a disciplinary check against him had been issued.
When asked by the prosecutor if someone had exerted pressure on him [Detelin Dimitrov] or on other members of the committee, Mr Dimitrov said he could state firmly that somebody had influenced his judgement.
When Menko Menkov, the lawyer representing Tsvetan Tsvetanov asked if Orlin Todorov and [former head of the Chief Directorate Combating Organised Crime] Stanimir Florov had any close relations, Mr Dimitrov stated he did not know and he did not have direct knowledge [this was the case].
The witness’ testimony was found to somehow contradict his previous testimony from October 29, 2011.
The court sitting ended on Wednesday evening.
The prosecutor demanded information from the State Agency for National Security (SANS) if in the period when Orlin Todorov was suspended from the post he held until he was returned to it the post was occupied by another person. Mr Todorov was head of the regional unit of the Chief Directorate Combating Organised Crime in the town of Veliko Tarnovo.
Lawyer Menko Menkov, who represents Mr Tsvetanov, also demanded three pieces of information: the first one from the SANS; the second one – from the Interior Ministry; the third one concerned the motives the Prosecutor’s Office required special investigative means be used with and whether this was approved by Sofia City Court, which the court did not respect stating it would decide [on this] at the end of the trial.
The first piece of information required by Mr Menkov seeks to establish when in the period from March 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011 Stanimir Florov was absent [from work] and did not comply with his obligations and on the account of what reasons.
The second piece of information required by Menko Menkov seeks to establish if Mr Tsvetanov was on paid leave, sick leave or on a business trip from December 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012.
The next court sitting will be held on April 16 or, in case Mr Menkov is unable to attend it, on May 22.
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