Controversial Ex-Sofia City Prosecutor Appeals Dismissal

Politics » DOMESTIC | August 12, 2013, Monday // 18:09
Bulgaria: Controversial Ex-Sofia City Prosecutor Appeals Dismissal Former Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov, photo by BGNES

Former Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov is appealing his disciplinary dismissal imposed by the Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) and wants to become a lawyer.

In a Monday interview for the BGNES news agency, Kokinov made clear that he was appealing the type of the disciplinary penalty.

"I just did not want to be dismissed on disciplinary grounds; I had filed my resignation long before the disciplinary proceedings were launched. I am appealing the type of the penalty – disciplinary dismissal," he pointed out, stressing that he wanted to work as a lawyer.

According to the website of the Supreme Administrative Council (VAS), the lawsuit against the VSS decision dated July 11, 2013 on Kokinov's case was launched on August 7, 2013.

Apart from the disciplinary dismissal, Kokinov was also deprived of the compensations due upon leaving the judicial system.

VSS dismissed Kokinov over leaked recordings of a wiretapped scandalous conversation between him, former Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov, and former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

The conversation was recorded in mid-April in Borisov's home in Bankya.

During the meeting, Borisov is informed by Kokinov about the results of probes by the prosecuting authority before they have been officially announced.

Borisov, Naydenov and Kokinov are also heard discussing options for obstructing court proceedings against Naydenov who faces charges of corruption and malfeasance in office.

Experts said that the talks contained evidence of at least 5 crimes, including obstruction of criminal proceedings, trading in influence, disclosure of classified information, EU funds fraud, and illegal wiretapping.

However, the prosecuting authority only found evidence of one – illegal wiretapping.

After the leaked transcripts of the wiretaps reached the media, Kokinov resigned from the post of Sofia City Prosecutor.

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Tags: Nikolay Kokinov, Sofia City Prosecutor, disciplinary action, Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, Supreme Administrative Court, VAS, Miroslav Naydenov, Boyko Borisov, wiretapping
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