Bulgarian Right Wing: Truth Will Stop Tape Scandal

Politics » DOMESTIC | January 25, 2011, Tuesday // 13:34
Bulgarian Right Wing: Prosecutor Must Lift Curtain on Tape Scandal: Bulgarian Right Wing: Truth Will Stop Tape Scandal The leader of DSB, Ivan Kostov (r), and leader of the DSB Sofia branch, Atanas Atanasov (l), say the announcement of the truth is the only way to stop the spying scandal, raging in the country. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian right-wing DSB party asked the Prosecutor's Office to publicly say if Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, attempted to halt a Customs probe.

The leader of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party, Ivan Kostov, and leader of the DSB Sofia branch, Atanas Atanasov, met Tuesday with Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev.

The two have insisted that the Prosecutor's Office releases as fast as possible the evidence in the case along with information of violations of the law in collecting, processing, safekeeping, and sending to the prosecutor in a particular case results from the use of special surveillance devices.

They say the announcement of the truth is the only way to stop the scandal.

Earlier Tuesday, in an interview for the TV channel Nova Televizia, Atanasov stated President, Georgi Parvanov, is the real instigator of the scandal surrounding the Customs probe, pointing out Parvanov's week-long silence on the subject, followed by the dismissal of the Head of his legal department, Sasho Penov.

Penov was let go after it became clear he was the court attorney for the Ledenika beer company in the case of the latter's suspended license.

The scandalous tapes in question were published on January 14 by the Galeria weekly, a paper believed to be the mouthpiece of the former special agent of the State Agency for National Security, DANS, Aleksei Petrov, (currently under house arrest), who has been investigated on organized crime charges since his detention in the much advertised "Operation Octopus" in February 2010.

The recordings, which authenticity is yet to be proven, allege Borisov provided a cover-up for the owner of the "Ledenika" beer company, Mihail Mihov, on Parvanov's request.

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.

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

Galeria released earlier other discrediting recordings of phone calls between Tanov, Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, and his Deputy, Vladislav Goranov.

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