Bulgaria's New Court Head Accused of Conflict of Interests
There are strong suspicions of conflict of interests committed by the brand new Chair of Sofia's City Court, Vladimira Yaneva.
The information was reported by the TV channel bTV, saying the suspicions are in connection with the notorious municipal company "Sofiyski Imoti" (Sofia Properties).
One of the numerous cases against the company had ended at Yaneva's desk last year, assigned to her as judge. A check in the property register, however, revealed her father had purchased two commercial facilities from the company. The deals have been concluded at the time two defendants in the case against Sofia Properties were part of the company's management at high-ranking posts.
Upon receiving the indictment, Yaneva had sent it back to the Prosecutor's Office on the grounds of procedural mistakes.
The Appellate Court, however, revoked her decision and the case was returned to her. Yaneva is yet to make any move on it and call a meeting.
The appointment of Yaneva as Chair of the Sofia City Court sent shockwaves through the judicial system in Bulgaria, triggering several resignations with accusations the executive power is interfering and chocking the Courts. After her selection for the post, Yaneva stated she is close with the family of Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
The Sofia City Court is the busiest in the country, trying the most important cases.
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