New Leaks Expose Bulgarian PM as Person of Police Interest
The site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg has published late Monday evening a new document further revealing that Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, was a target of the police in the 90s of the 20th century.
The article includes a copy of a document which shows that on February 24, 1997, the CSBOP "Internal Terrorism" Department has launched a case for operative surveillance (DON) against Boyko Metodiev Borisov. The case was listed under the alias "Buddha."
A leaked document, released by the site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg on Sunday, revealed that Borisov has been recruited in the past as a secret agent of the Central Services for Combatting Organized Crime, CSBOP. Borisov's codename was Buddha.
Borisov was, allegedly, recruited as informant over his ties with the mafia.
The proposal to recruit Borisov dates from the distant date December 1996, when the late member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, Nikolay Dobrev was Interior Minister, while Socialist, Zhan Videnov, was Prime Minister.
The officer, who has written and signed the proposal, is Mladen Georgiev, the current Chief Secretary of the State Agency for National Security, DANS, and former Director of Borisov's private security company IPON.
The second document, released by Bivol Monday evening is signed again by Georgiev. The late Spas Spasov was Chief of Unit at the time both documents have been written.
On the second document the motive to launch the case for operative surveillance (DON) against Borisov reads the following: "to acquire information on processes in crime groups and structures, deemed of operative interests; to prevent and intercept possible criminal activity of their representatives."
The online news agency Dnevnik cites experts from the anti-mafia police saying DON cases are formed by CSBOP, now GDBOP (Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime) when there is interest towards a certain individual, both for recruitment as informant or for an investigation.
Also Monday evening, right before Bivol released the second document, Stanimir Florov, Chief of GDBOP, showed a folder titled Buddha in the aftermath of official admissions there was such case and the first document is authentic.
In the folder, shown by Florov, there were two documents - the one from December, 1996 and only one other, filed two years later, for taking off the registries agent Buddha over "impossibility to collect information from him due to loss of environment."
Florov told bTV that some files in the folder could have been destroyed later, but failed to offer details. He just stated that one of the politicians currently commenting on the case had seen the entire Buddha folder, meaning he had violated the law since his name is not listed in the log of people who had access to the file.
The documents have leaked anonymously through Bivol's platform Balkanleaks, which is modeled after the famous WikiLeaks, and have been revealed for the very first time.
Bivol further wrote Monday evening that a note has been attached to the leaked documents, insisting that in the mid-80s of the 20th century, Borisov has been recruited as an agent of the Communist State Security, DS.
At that time he had been facing prosecution for perjury in a divorce case, which was halted after his recruitment for DS. The DS file has been attached to the Buddha folder, but has been later removed and destroyed by the longtime police chief, Boris Dimitrov.
In November 2012, Dimitrov was appointed by the government of Borisov's ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, at the post of Head of the State Commission for Security of Information.
Bivol also write that they were not able to confirm the DS information from an independent source.
Expect further details.
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