Bulgaria's Prosecution 'Received no Request' to Detain Peevski
Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office has not received any request to issue an arrest warrant for lawmaker Delyan Peevski over alleged death threats to banker Tsvetan Vasilev.
State prosecution officials told website Dnevnik.bg that the Austrian National Criminal Intelligence Service (BK) could have sent an application to the Interior Ministry, but the latter also denies having been referred to by Vienna authorities.
The latest statements by Bulgarian institutions come hours after an article on Austrian daily Der Standard's website reported that Vienna had reacted to what Vasilev describes as "death threats" by his former partner Peevski, an MP from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS).
Der Standard claims the banker received a phone call by an anonymous informant saying Peevski was to order his murder for USD 5 M and also a text message containing direct threats by the lawmaker. In response Vasilev turned to the Austrian BK for help and they sent a notice to their Bulgarian counterparts asking them to take legal action.
Prosecuting authorities, however, reminded that being an MP, Peevski should first be stripped of his immunity to be detained.
The liberal lawmaker himself also reacted to the article.
Speaking for Pik.bg, he rejected claims that he had been plotting Vasilev's murder.
He added the text in Der Standard was a "paid article" and also that the author, Markus Bernath, who often writes about Bulgaria's political affairs, was working for Vasilev in return of BGN 15 000 (EUR 7500) monthly.
Ernst Geiger, the chief of the so-called "Department 3" of the BK, the institution which reportedly issued the warrant request, is called by Peevski "a personal friend" to Vasilev and "one of the paid claquers" the banker can count on.
Peevski also believes "a Turkish soap opera" is currently being aired for the public to divert attention from other issues. He was referring to the last weeks' purported conflict between the two men, formerly described as "business partners", which suddenly gained considerable media attention.
He denies having communicated to Vasilev by any means over the past months.
Both men are now claiming one is working on a murder plot against the other.
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