Ex Bulgaria Agri Minister Gives up MP Immunity ahead of Trial
Independent MP and Former Agriculture Minister, Ventsislav Varbanov, has agreed on the removal of his parliamentary immunity ahead of Thursday’s court case against him.
Varbanov, who has now agreed 3 times for the removal of his parliamentary legal immunity, is set for his Sofia City Court trial on Thursday in which he is accused of embezzling funds when he was Agriculture Minister from 1997-2001.
Varbanov's case first entered the court after he gave up his MP immunity in May 2006, when he was an MP from the smallest right-wing party in Parliament Bulgarian People's Union. After the trial was delayed he then became an MP for the right-wing Blue Coalition in 2009 before being dropped as an MP because of voting errors.
Amazingly, Varbanov was then given his MP position back after more voting irregularities – this time in the Turkish polling stations. He returned to Parliament in January as an independent MP
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