Bulgaria Top Cop: Police, Courts Are Like 'Communicating Vessels'

Politics » DOMESTIC | March 6, 2012, Tuesday // 20:16
Bulgaria: Bulgaria Top Cop: Police, Courts Are Like 'Communicating Vessels' Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov has made a clumsy attempt at toning town a war of words he led in the past few months with the judicial system.

Speaking at a forum in Bulgarian capital Sofia Tuesday, Tsvetanov twice stressed that the police and the judiciary are, in his words, "just like communicating vessels."

This is a common metaphor in Bulgarian, meaning two entities that are closely interdependent, its literal translation being "like joint vessels."

This consideration makes the quality of Tsvetanov's appeasement at least dubious, in view of the fact that in the past judges have protested precisely against what they saw as an attempt to make the judiciary dependent on the executive.

"Evidence gathered by the Ministry of Interior turn up at the courts and we then rely on just sentences being pronounced. But if evidence is inadequate, judges have no choice but dismissing cases," reflected Tsvetanov.

Asked whether he is "burying the hatchet" with the judiciary, the Interior Minister replied that there was no hatchet whatsoever to start with.

Tsvetanov's war of words with the judiciary grabbed headlines in the early 2012, when his insinuations that Judge Miroslava Todorova from the Sofia City Court is working to benefit organized crime led to a libel case against him.

In another curious case this year, the Bulgarian police codenamed a "special operation" with the given name of the judge who had decided to let a suspect out of detention.

Judges reacted with indignation, arguing that such acts interfered with the work of their branch of power and instilled hatred against it in society.

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