Prosecutors Grill Bulgaria's Ex Agriculture Minister over Wiretap Leak
Former Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov was interviewed Wednesday at the Specialized Prosecutor's Office in connection with the ongoing illegal wiretap leak probe.
The hearing was moved from the premises of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassation due to a bomb threat received Wednesday morning at the Court Palace in downtown Sofia, which helped Naydenov avoid scores of journalists, according to reports of dnevnik.bg.
Naydenov was questioned in connection with the scandalous leaked wiretaps of a conversation between him, former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and already-former Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov.
During the conversation, the three can be heard discussing options for obstructing proceedings against Naydenov who faces charges of corruption and malfeasance in office.
The recording of the scandalous talks was released in end-April, stirring a massive scandal.
Naydenov is currently on trial for corruption and malfeasance in office and is also a protected witness assisting the investigation of unauthorized use of special surveillance devices during the term in office of Tsvetan Tsvetanov as Interior Minister, mediapool.bg informs.
On May 7, Boyko Borisov was summoned to be interviewed at the Supreme Prosecutor's Office of Cassation in connection with the ongoing illegal wiretap leak probe.
The Bulgarian Watergate scandal unfurled at the end of March when Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), submitted a tipoff to Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, about alleged illegal wiretapping of politicians, businesspeople and magistrates which had taken place during the rule of Borisov's center-right GERB party (2009-2013).
Bulgaria's former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who currently heads the election campaign headquarters of center-right party GERB, faces charges of failing to exercise proper control over the use of special surveillance devices during his term in office.
However, Tsvetanov cannot be charged because he is immune to prosecution as a candidate MP at the forthcoming May 12 snap elections.
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