Former Bulgarian Intelligence Head Prosecuted for Embezzlement

Crime | June 22, 2012, Friday // 15:07

Sofia Military District Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation on embezzlement of funds by the former head of Bulgaria's National Intelligence Service, a Prosecutor's Office official announced.

Two months ago General Kircho Kirov was released from his office as head of Bulgarian intelligence after a mysterious report came forward, which denoted serious financial violations in the National Intelligence Service during the time he was in charge.

The report was sent to the Sofia Military District Prosecutor's Office (SMDPO) with the short notice that it contained claims of heavy breaches of discipline in the intelligence service, which have lead to considerable damages.

At the same time rumors surfaced that the then-member of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's Advisory Council and head of the Center for Prevention of Organized Crime and Corruption (BORKOR) – General Rumen Milanov pressured for the report to be concealed.

Milanov himself positively denied such claims, but he was nevertheless removed from all offices.

In turn the Sofia Military District Prosecutor's Office announced a top secret checkup, which results were not to be disclosed.

"The checkup was swiftly done. The material we received contained enough proof of a committed crime and pre-trial proceedings on embezzlement have started", said SMDPO speaker Elin Alexov, as cited by Bulgarian legal portal

Alexov stated that the embezzlement investigation is of high priority, but its details have to remain concealed because of the distinct nature of the Intelligence Service.

Meanwhile, upon the surfacing of the report, the leader of the Bulgarian center-right opposition Order, Law and Justice Party Yane Yanev asserted that the report also contained information about the "hunting orgies" and alleged purchases of expensive hunting equipment by the ex-President of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov (2002-2012).

Parvanov expressly denied Yanev's accusations, and his words were confirmed by the Prosecution and the current Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, who declared that the report did not stretch itself beyond the boundaries of the National Intelligence Service.

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