Germany Suspends Investigation of Ex Bulgarian Agriculture Fund CEO

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Bulgaria: Germany Suspends Investigation of Ex Bulgarian Agriculture Fund CEO Germany suspended investigation of former head of the Bulgarian Agriculture Fund, Kalina Ilieva. Photo by BGNES

The Prosecutor's Office in Germany has suspended the investigation against former head of the Bulgarian State Agriculture Fund, Kalina Ilieva, who was found to have forged her diploma for a Master's degree from a German university.

The Prosecutor's Office decided there were not enough evidence that Ilieva forged her diploma from the Berlin Technical Institute at German territory.

The spokesperson of the Prosecutor's Office has pointed out that the only direct connection of the case with Germany was the name of the institute, as cited by BNT.

The former head of the Bulgarian Agriculture Fund was dismissed in October after it was revealed she was pregnant. Previously, she lied she had a tumor and was very ill in an attempt to conceal the pregnancy.

Another scandal erupted at the end of November, when it turned out that her diploma from the Berlin Technical Institute was forged.

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DrFaust - 9 Dec 2010 // 06:57:49

It will be interesting to see what EU Commissioner Ciolos will say about the case when he comes to Sofia on Friday.

And it will be also interesting to see how much money Bulgarian farmers will lose as a result of the delays and problems caused by Mrs Ilieva. 'We are concerned about the way the agency operates', said the commissioner's speaker to the media recently.

DrFaust - 9 Dec 2010 // 06:34:10


you seem also to be confused why the prosecutors are obviously drop the case in Germany (if this is to be confirmed, about which I have no indication from the German media).

It is for sure not because Ilieva is innocent. It is because it is outside the German (and inside the Bulgarian) jurisdiction as it seems.

DrFaust - 9 Dec 2010 // 06:31:34


the only 'impressive' thing about Ilieva is her criminal energy. You are completely delusional regarding her work. Ask insiders in Brussels about her work and you will change your mind.

By the way, why are you trying so hard to sell us a criminal as a hero?

Ivanko - 9 Dec 2010 // 01:53:58

Well said Nellie!

Nellieherself - 9 Dec 2010 // 00:43:09

Look at that little bimbo. What a weasel! I still want to know who is her daddy and her baby daddy. I bet both of them are big time mutri. She is just a puppet on a string. She looks too dumb to be the mastermind of the whole operation.

Forging a diploma is not a small offense, it is a monumental swindle. She is a crook. It is ironic that she is denouncing other crooks. The whole affair reeks of nepotism and dishonesty, layer upon layer of deceit. What a lying, thieving people Bulgarians are!

Highlander - 8 Dec 2010 // 23:13:25

Quite an understatement, Philippe !
In short- not surprising at all. Thank God The German authorities and prosecutors are sober and have their heads screwed on.

The Ex CEO is quite an impressive woman. She obviously applied for the job in a normal way and was the preferred candidate ahead of more than 800 applicants. Then passed all security checks (well, security is not worth a penny in Bulgaria, but anyhow)and did her job
to full satisfaction by EU. Not so by her Bulgarian employers as she reported ongoing fraud and scams ,and she was not supposed to cause problems for her Bulgarian bosses as they have been used to draining off EU taxpayers money for years.

OLAF and EU seem to be pleased and have made no complaints at all while the PM and the Agriculture Minister obviously are willing to sack her because she is "pregnant". Well, that is a blunt lie as she was asked to leave because she reported the Minister of Agriculture to OLAF after he ordered her to approve payments to suspicious projects where he was personally "involved".

We should have immense respect for a person who has been willing to take on Bulgarian corruption and fraud despite all pressure from murky ministers and officials.
Shame on Bulgarian media that has been to willing to spread smearing, slander and hatred on order from Bulgarian authorities and created nationwide hysteria to damage her reputation and ability to tell the truth and defend herself.

She has faked her diploma, but that is sadly quite common in Bulgaria. No big deal say EU and German prosecution. It certainly is in Bulgaria ! If everyone in Bulgaria should be prosecuted for false documents, diplomas and references then half of Bulgaria's population would end up in prison- not to mention Ministers and MP's!

I agree, Philippe, she should have the opportunity to tell her side of the story. But that can only happen when Bulgarian Media stops taking direct orders or advice from murky officials and ministers.

Philippe - 8 Dec 2010 // 21:24:57

Very surprising news...

Maybe this woman was just too active tackling the thiefs...

Stange we haven't heard her opinion in the press...

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