Bulgarian Cabinet to Brave It, Voice Position on Wiretapping
Bulgarian caretaker PM Marin Raykov and Interior Minister Gen Petya Parvanova are expected Tuesday to reveal their position to a recently leaked scandalous conversation among present and past senior state officials.
Raykov and Parvanova are to give a joint press conference with Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, which is expected to touch on the conversationa and the wider wiretapping scandal going on in Bulgaria.
The recorded conversation leaked last Friday features former Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov, ex Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov and now resigned Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov.
In the conversation, the three discuss ways to thwart ongoing proceedings against Naydenov, who has been charged with abuse of power.
In another highly questionable move, Kokinov is heard revealing to his interlocutors yet unpublished details of an investigation that found massive violations in the use of special surveillance devices under Borisov and his Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Interior has already said that it has not ordered the use of special surveillance devices in the case, so the recording is not of its provenance.
The wiretapping scandal has contributed to an increasingly hostile campaign leading up to May 12 early general elections in Bulgaria.
Ex PM Boyko Borisov is leader of Bulgaria's former ruling GERB party, while former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov is his aide, also serving as GERB's election campaign manager.
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