Sofia City Court Begins Socialist Leader Trial
The Sofia City Court is to hold its first sitting on the trial against Sergey Stanishev, the leader of the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).
Stanishev, who was formerly Prime Minister (2005-2009) and is a MEP candidate, is accused of having lost seven secret documents.
In April the court failed to launch the case, as the defendant had not received a copy of the indictment.
Prosecutors demand that an administrative penalty be imposed on Stanishev.
The fate of seven secret reports has remained a mystery since 2010.
Three of the documents were produced by the state security agency DANS, two by the Interior Ministry, one by the Defense Minister and by NATO officials. They were handed to Stanishev personally, and the prosecution argues he lost them between November 4, 2005 and September 10, 2009 (he was Bulgaria's Prime Minister until July 2009).
Stanishev has been stripped of immunity to stand before court.
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