Sofia Court to Hold Hearing in Ex-Interior Minister Trial

Crime | May 13, 2014, Tuesday // 10:13| Views: 1284 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: Sofia Court to Hold Hearing in Ex-Interior Minister Trial Tsvetan Tsvetanov. Photo by BGNES

The Sofia City Court will hold a first hearing on Tuesday in the trial against former Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Tsvetanov is facing charges of blocking six permits to use special surveillance devices against Orlin Todorov, former head of the Interior's Chief Directorate Combating Organized Crime (GBDOP) in Veliko Tarnovo. Todorov is expected to testify in the case on Tuesday, Dariknews reports.

The trial was postponed on several occasions before. Back in October, the presiding judge Dimitrina Angelova withdrew from the case upon allegations of being connected to Tsvetanov's lawyer Menko Menkov.

Two more trials are under way against Tsvetanov over large-scale embezzlement and allowing unauthorized wiretapping. The former IM of the GERB government has repeatedly called the charges "politically motivated".

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