Bulgarian Conservative Leader Sues Interior Minister for Libel

Politics » DOMESTIC | February 23, 2011, Wednesday // 14:10
Bulgarian Conservative Leader Sues Interior Minister for Slander: Bulgarian Conservative Leader Sues Interior Minister for Libel The leader of the Bulgarian conservative Order, law and Justice Party, RZS, Yane Yanev, is suing Interior Minister, Tsvetanov for libel. Photo by BGNES

The Sofia Regional Court began Wednesday the trial of Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who is being sued for libel.

The defamation case has been filed by the leader of the Bulgarian conservative Order, law and Justice Party, RZS, Yane Yanev.

Yanev's lawyer and fellow party member, Emil Vasilev, says Tsvetanov had insulted the RZS leader by labeling him in a TV interview as "political racketeer and a fraud."

According to Vasilev, the Minister launched the insults as soon as the Conservatives made public information about his wealth and properties and the "strange way he purchased apartments in upscale Sofia districts from a company associated with the ethnic Turkish party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS."

The lawyer further informs a civil claim has not been filed, because Yanev did not want a penny from Tsvetanov's "dirty money."

The Court will convene on the case again on April 12.

Earlier Wednesday, the controversial, anti-government Bulgarian weekly Galeria made public new scandalous information about the Interior Minister, surrounding his properties and trips abroad.

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