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Bulgaria's Top Judicial Body Absolves Tainted Prosecutor

Society | January 14, 2013, Monday // 14:46| Views: 1009 | Comments: 2
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Bulgaria's Top Judicial Body Absolves Tainted Prosecutor: Bulgaria's Top Judicial Body Absolves Tainted Prosecutor In December, Prosecutor, Galya Gugusheva withdrew her candidacy to become a member of Bulgaria's Constitutional Court. Photo by BGNES

The Ethics Committee at Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council has exonerated Monday notorious prosecutor Galya Gugusheva.

The majority in the Ethics Committee failed to find sufficient grounds to launch a disciplinary procedure against her.

Only the Committee's Chairman, Yasen Todorov, has voiced the opinion that with her actions Gugusheva had violated the magistrates ethics code, the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, informs.

Todorov had pledged to start the procedure again in case the probes of the special anti-mafia Prosecutor's Office, the National Revenue Agency, NRA, the Inspectorate at the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassations, and the Commission for Conflict of Interests establish the magistrate has violated the law.

This was the first meeting of the Ethics Committee in 2013. Now VSS has to issue an opinion in the case.

On December 11, 2012, Gugusheva withdrew her candidacy to become a member of Bulgaria's Constitutional Court following a series of allegations of past abuse of power and money laundering deals. Earlier, right-wing UDF and ruling center-right GERB decided to drop their support for her.

Gugusheva's nomination was approved by UDF leadership and tabled by non-affiliated MPs, as the party's MPs refused to support the nomination, which led to them being dismissed.

UDF and GERB reached an agreement for UDF to work on presenting a new candidacy, but the procedure is yet to start.

Gugusheva became the second failed Constitutional Court nominee by Parliament, after the fiasco with judge Veneta Markovska, whose election by Parliament was snubbed by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, due to allegations of trading influence that she was not able to dispel.

Also in December, the Chairman of the specialized anti-mafia Appellate Prosecutor's Office, Borislav Sarafov, logged with VSS a proposal to release Gugusheva as his Deputy and reappoint her as "regular" prosecutor.

After the entire ordeal, one seat in the country's Constitutional Court still remains open.

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Tags: Veneta Markovska, Yasen Todorov, Borislav Sarafov, Specialized Appellate Prosecutor's Office, Ethics Committee, VSS, Supreme Judicial Council, Constitutional Court, Galya Gugusheva, UDF, GERB, Rosen Plevneliev
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madelinee - 30 Dec 2013 // 09:37:53

the Inspectorate at the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassations, and the Commission for Conflict of Interests establish the magistrate has violated the law".
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Tania Oz - 29 Dec 2013 // 10:29:50

"The majority in the Ethics Committee failed to find sufficient grounds to launch a disciplinary procedure against her".

"Only the Committee's Chairman, Yasen Todorov, has voiced the opinion that with her actions Gugusheva had violated the magistrates ethics code, the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, informs."

"Todorov had pledged to start the procedure again in case the probes of the special anti-mafia Prosecutor's Office, the National Revenue Agency, NRA, the Inspectorate at the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassations, and the Commission for Conflict of Interests establish the magistrate has violated the law".

This is another example of Bulgarian Reality Comedy at its best and the "functionality" of Bulgarian Government and its Institutions - only it is not funny. It is really hard or impossible to find "clean" people to make a positive change on the whole, as everyone and everything has been tainted in the last 70 odd years or so, about 3 generations at least, in one way or another.

At least Todorov had the gumption to publically state his opinion against Gugusheva in this case, and to start the procedure again, just in case those 4 Government Institutions that are "investigating" come up with some concrete evidence.

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