Bulgarian Presidential Office Pardoned 431 Criminals
Bulgarian President, Georgi Parvanov and Vice President, Angel Marin, have pardoned 431 criminals by the end of July, 2011.
The data was published by the Bulgarian Sega daily, which requested the information from the Main Directorate "Execution of Punishment" under the Access to Information Act. The decrees have been signed by Marin after Parvanov transferred to him the right to pardon inmates.
According to Bulgaria's Constitution, the President has the right to delegate some of his duties to his VP, something Parvanov did for Marin regarding the right to give amnesty.
The pardoned criminals include people, who have committed very serious crimes such as murders, abductions, and armed robberies, according to the daily.
Two have been sentenced to 30 years behind bars; three others had sentences of 27, 25, and 24 years respectively; 37 had 20-year jail sentences, 192 – between 11 and 19 years; 185 – between 1 and 10 years, and 12 – between 3 months and one year.
The Directorate had declined to give detailed information on the exact crimes committed by the pardoned individuals. It is only known that 209 had committed serious crimes including murder, physical attacks, abductions, pimping and human trafficking; 150 have been involved in theft, robberies and fraud; 6 have been sentenced for tax and finance crimes such as money laundering, tax evasion, and abuse of EU funds; 4 – for crimes against the Customs' regime, 46 – for crimes against human health and the environment; 7 – for transport and communication crimes which include traffic accidents and DUIs; 1 – for crimes endangering the public (arson and explosions), and 1 has been in jail for a military crime.
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What? What is the rest of the world going to do? NOTHING. The EU will keep on giving money whilst rolling its eyes at the antics of the Bulgarian political elite. The Americans will keep on financing military bases whilst sending mildly worded messages back to Washington and the Russians will keep on leeching the country dry whilst making no complaints at all. And Georgi, Uncle B and the rest of these corrupt arses will continue to treat the Bulgarian people as their personal serfs to do with as they please.
This beggers belief, most of the crimes listed are those that would usually only be associated with the criminal element of society and therefore pardoning leaves the authorities wide open to an accusation of corruption or the courts to a charge of ineptitude, either way this is bad for Bulgaria. What amazes me is that it appears to be done in the open without any questions being asked of the person granting the pardon or the descision of the court that passed sentance and therefore begs another question, where does Bulgaria really stand on OC and corruption? I have no problem with a pardon system but, where this is operated in other countries (and most have a system for pardoning) the numbers pardoned would usually be miniscule, not run into hundreds. Questions need to be asked here about the reasons and the nature of the pardons granted and whether an abuse of power is used in granting any of them or why the sentance now being pardoned was made in the first place.
Bulgaria and her political servants (note the word - used deliberately) must realise that the rest of the world are not stupid and facts like these will call into question her status and reputation. Give us some credit to work things out for ourselves, the day of authorities and courts treating citizens like children and morons has gone, get real guys we are now in the 21st century.