Alleged Bulgarian Lobbyist Acquitted of Perjury
The Sofia City Court (SCC) revoked Thursday the two-year suspended sentence of notorious businessman and alleged court lobbyist Krasimir Georgiev, aka Krasio the Black, for perjury.
The name of Krasio the Black surfaced in the summer of 2009, when Ivan Kolev, member of the Supreme Judicial Council (VSS), announced that "some guy called Krasio from Pleven" was "selling" senior posts in the judiciary for EUR 200 000.
Krasio was said to be able to "guarantee" the support of 8-13 members of a total of 27 members of the VSS.
A number of magistrates, including ones from supreme judicial bodies, were dismissed or resigned after the scandal broke out.
In end-February, the Sofia Regional Court declared Georgiev Georgiev guilty of perjury and gave him a two-year suspended sentence over testifying that he did not know any magistrates despite evidence to the contrary.
Thursday's ruling of the SCC, however, declares Georgiev not guilty and also points to a number of flaws in the investigation.
Georgiev received Thursday his second acquittal, after he was cleared of tax evasion the tune of around BGN 95 000 in the period 2006-2008.
The acquittal ruling was issued by the Sofia City Court in end-April.
Both acquittals are not final yet and can be appealed.
Georgiev was also investigated for trading in influence but the case did not reach court.
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