Head of Bulgarian Secret Police Resigns after Eavesdropping Scandal

Views on BG | February 16, 2011, Wednesday // 18:22
Bulgaria: Head of Bulgarian Secret Police Resigns after Eavesdropping Scandal Tsvetlin Yovchev (pictured) was appointed Director of DANS after Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borisov accepted the resignation of former Director Petko Sertov at the beginning of August 2009. Photo by BGNES

Deutsche Presse Agentur

The head of the Bulgarian secret police resigned Wednesday in the wake of an eavesdropping scandal involving top officials.

State Agency for National Security (DANS) director Tsvetlin Yovchev said he was leaving his post because Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government did not trust him. Yovchev has headed DANS since 2009.

His resignation follows the leaking last month of material taped by DANS leaked to the public via a weekly magazine, sparking a scandal. Leaked conversations implicate officials, including Borisov, as corrupt.

Borisov dismissed the allegations, saying the tapes were manipulated. Last week a bomb exploded in front of the building housing Galeria, the weekly which launched the tapes, causing damage but no injuries.

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