Bulgaria Starts Trial Against Ex-Interior Minister
The high-profile “obstruction of justice” trial against Bulgaria's former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov starts on Thursday, but it may be held behind closed doors.
The indictment stems from Tsvetanov's refusal to endorse 6 prosecutor's requests to grant a permit for the use of special surveillance devices during an investigation against Orlin Todorov, former head of Veliko Tarnovo's regional anti-mafia unit.
The alleged violation was discovered during the investigation against former Interior Ministry official, the ex-Head of the Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime, GDBOP, Stanimir Florov, who is believed to be a close ally of the former Interior Minister.
Judge Dimitrina Angelova will reveal on Thursday whether the case will be classified.
According to media reports the Prosecution has submitted the files against Tsvetanov to the secret registry of the Sofia City Court.
The reason for classifying the case is that it deals with special surveillance devices.
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