Bulgarian President Fires Legal Council Head over Spying Scandal

Politics » DOMESTIC | January 18, 2011, Tuesday // 11:46
Bulgaria: Bulgarian President Fires Legal Council Head over Spying Scandal Chairman of Pressident Georgi Parvanov's Legal Council Sasho Penov. File photo

Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov has sacked the Chairman of his legal Council Sasho Penov, according to a press release from the Presidency.

The reason is that Penov was defending the Ledenika brewery in the Sofia Administrative Court's trial on the suspencion of the company's license.

The Ledenika brewery was recently involved in a spying scandal, allegedly exposing the country's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov providing a cover-up for the owner of the beer company, Mihail Mihov.

The tapes reveal that Borisov had called Tanov with an order to immediately pull the tax agents out of the factory and that the "Ledenika" boss personally complained to the PM.

Subsequently, Mihov confirmed for the media he also had approached President, Georgi Parvanov, regarding the revocation of the brewery's license.

In the tapes, Borisov can be heard mentioning Parvanov the following way:

"I am not Parvanov. When I promised to not touch him it means I would not touch him.

In another tape, Tanov can be heart telling his Deputy, Antoniy Strandzhev, to keep the documents secure while he is away.

The authenticity of the tapes has not been confirmed, and Borisov has already declared that they have been manipulated. The recordings were released last Friday by the Galeria weekly, a paper believed to be the mouthpiece of Aleksei Petrov, former special agent of the State National Security Agency DANS, (currently under house arrest), who has been investigated on organized crime charges.

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