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Bulgarian Police Deny Helping Peevski Hinder TV Film

Politics » DOMESTIC | January 11, 2014, Saturday // 19:57| Views: 7405 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria's Top Cop: Police Have Not Helped Peevski to Hinder TV Film: Bulgarian Police Deny Helping Peevski Hinder TV Film Bulgaria's current Interior Minister, former DANS Chief and former presidential security advisor, Tsvetlin Yovchev, photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Interior Minister, Tsvetlin Yovchev, has firmly rejected media and social networks reports that police have been working on behalf of controversial liberal lawmaker, Delyan Peevski.

It was announced earlier that Peevski has attempted to prevent the broadcast of a TV reportage about him and his real estate property, filmed by French-German Arte TV.

Arte's report, titled "Bulgaria, Lonely Fight against Corruption," has been aired Friday evening. According to it, police and private security guards have prevented the TV crew from filming real estate owned by Peevski. The team has also been subjected to ID checks and the Bulgarian police have informed Peevski about the presence of the TV crew and the latter had not wanted any reports about him.

Reached by Dnevnik.bg, the Interior Minister explained that "the presented information did not fully correspond to what happened in reality."

Yovchev said the private security company, hired by Peevski, called the 112 emergency hotline, alerting that some people have been filming the property and the road and the entrances to it.

"The police acted on the information and went to the location to check what was going on. End of story. Reports that police officers have been tipping off the lawmaker about the film are insinuations," explained he.

The Minister further informed that a Commission at the National Security Office (NSO) has qualified Peevski as a person facing threats and has offered to provide security, but the latter declined and hired a private company to guard him.

Also before Dnevnik.bg, the Chief of Sofia Police, Ivaylo Spridonov, has said he had no information whatsoever on the case.

Back in June, alleged controversial media mogul and Member of the Parliament from the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), Delyan Peevski, was appointed by Parliament as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).

This sparked a wave of protests seeking the resignation of the Socialist-endorsed Cabinet of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski. The rallies are also featured in the reportage of Arte TV,

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