N-Plant Bribe Allegations "Made in Bulgaria"

Politics | May 5, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The unsigned letter, which contains claims for corrupt practices connected to Bulgaria's second nuke, has been written in Bulgaria according to Bogomil Manchev, one of the people mentioned in the list.

The names of more than 10 Bulgarian, Canadian and European politicians are reportedly involved in the unsigned letter that contains claims for corrupt practices, dealing with the construction of the second power plant in Belene.

Manchev, who is Risk Engineering manager, told local Darik Radio that this was an attack aimed at Bulgaria's Prime Minister.

Just a day earlier Darik Radio said it had received the full text of the letter by an MP of the Canadian Democratic Party Joe Comartin. People close to Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, his sister Maria Luisa and Energy Minister Milko Kovachev reportedly feature in the anonymous letter, involving the Canadian Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL).

The letter fingers the people as eventual recipients or intermediaries in the corruption scheme.

At the end of April Canadian Globe and Mail Daily cited an unsigned letter, exposing an attempt for USD 40 M bribes wanted by Bulgarian government officials to approve AECL's project. The AECL is part of an international consortium interested in completing the construction of Bulgaria's second nuclear power station at a Danube site near the town of Belene. Bulgaria and Canada later refuted the bribe claims.
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