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Bulgarian Const Court Website Down after Controversial Ruling

Politics » DOMESTIC | January 14, 2014, Tuesday // 17:33| Views: 855 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Const Court Website Down after Controversial Ruling The hall of the Bulgarian Constitutional Court. File photo.

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court's website is down just after the Court ruled to not consider President Rosen Plevneliev's request regarding the controversial case of MP Delyan Peevski.

The website, www.constcourt.bg, returns the message "Bad Request (Invalid Hostname)".

The motives for the ruling were expected to be officially published later Tuesday evening or Wednesday.

Website legalworld.bg reported that the website is down due to the end of contract with the former IT firm servicing the Court, and the lack of a new contract.

The so-called Peevski case moved to the center of Bulgarian political life June 14, 2013, when Parliament unexpectedly elected the back bench liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms MP as chair of Bulgaria's powerful State Agency for National Security (DANS).

That same day, thousands walked out in protest on the streets of Bulgarian capital Sofia, outraged at the election of a person alleged to sustain murky business ties and known to control a powerful media group.

Peevski resigned on the very next day, but anti-establishment protests continued, further fueled by Parliament's June 19 decision to reverse Peevski's election as National Security head, thus in effect reinstating him as MP.

MPs from opposition center-right GERB party has already filed a request with the Constitutional Court regarding the matter, but the Court has dismissed it.

After the end of October 2013 ruling, pranksters listed the Constitutional Court for sale on eBay.

In his request, President Plevneliev asked the Court to rule whether Parliament can reverse its decision, as well as to formulate a binding interpretation of the Bulgarian Constitution's provisions regarding the termination of an MP's powers upon his or her election to an incompatible position.

The so-called Peevski case moved to the center of Bulgarian political life June 14, 2013, when Parliament unexpectedly elected the back bench liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms MP as chair of Bulgaria's powerful State Agency for National Security (DANS).

That same day, thousands walked out in protest on the streets of Bulgarian capital Sofia, outraged at the election of a person alleged to sustain murky business ties and known to control a powerful media group.

Peevski resigned on the very next day, but anti-establishment protests continued, further fueled by Parliament's June 19 decision to reverse Peevski's election as National Security head, thus in effect reinstating him as MP.

Some Bulgarian legal experts and political activists have argued that this move is plainly unconstitutional, as Peevski had already assumed a position incompatible with that of a deputy.

- See more at: http://www.novinite.com/articles/157251/Bulgarian+Const+Court+Dismisses+President%27s+Request+on+Controversial+MP#sthash.vc0WBRN2.dpuf
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