Chair of Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Watchdog Resigns
Filip Zlatanov has resigned from the post of Chair of the Commission on Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest (CPACI).
The resignation was reported by the parliamentary ad-hoc committee tasked with inspecting the alleged violations committed at the CPACI, according to reports of the Focus news agency.
The parliamentary ad-hoc commission is currently holding a sitting and more details are to be available later on Thursday.
Zlatanov was dismissed by the Sofia City Court over charges of malfeasance in office. He appealed the measure, but it was upheld by an appeals' court.
In mid-July, Bulgaria's prosecuting authority pressed charges of malfeasance in office against the Chair of CPACI, with Deputy Chief Prosecutor Borislav Sarafov citing excerpts of a "very interesting notebook" seized from Zlatanov's desk indicating that he had received instructions about the progress of certain cases.
"Zlatanov complied with the instructions – to strike, to postpone, to delay, and even to conceal cases," Sarafov stated, adding that the people mentioned in the notebook included Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, as well as E.D., MP of GERB, I.F., B.B., and Ts. Ts.
The people behind the initials are believed to be Iskra Fidosova, a leading figure in center-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) and former Chair of the Parliamentary Legal Committee, Boyko Borisov, GERB leader and former Prime Minister, and GERB Deputy Chairman and former Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, and GERB MP Emil Dimitrov.
Zlatanov adamantly rejected that the notes in his infamous personal notebook were instructions for his work, adding that they had been his own ideas and remarks.
Asked to shed light on the scheme involving I.F., B.B., and Ts. Ts. contained in his notebook, he said that he could not remember whom he had had in mind, adding that he had simply "jotted something down at a certain moment."
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