Kuneva Urges Bulgaria’s Ex-Interior Min to Give Up Immunity
Bulgaria’s former European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva has called upon controversial former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov to give up his immunity, so that he could stand trial.
Kuneva’s statement follows the announcement made on Tuesday by the Sofia prosecuting authority that there was sufficient evidence indicating that Tsvetanov had committed a crime.
The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office made clear that Tsvetanov, in his capacity as public official, had consciously allowed his subordinates to engage in illegal wiretapping. Charges cannot be pressed against Tsvetanov, since he is now running for Parliament, and therefore has immunity.
Commenting on the scandalous wiretapped recording of former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, former Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov and former Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov, Kuneva pointed out that the three officials committed a crime and should do the right thing by stepping down.
Kuneva also criticized caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov for focusing solely on the fact that the conversation was secretly recorded, instead of condemning the three officials for attempting to impede justice.
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