Bulgarian Nationalist Vows to Probe Ex PM in 'Misho the Beer' Case
Bulgaria's parliamentary committee for conflict of interests will probe former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, in the notorious "Misho the Beer" case.
The former Director of the Customs Agency, Vanyo Tanov, will be investigated as well, announced the committee's Chairman and leader of the extremist nationalist party Ataka, Volen Siderov.
The anonymous tipoff was on the committee's agenda for Wednesday, but it got postponed for the next sitting.
"There was so much noise in the media about this case, but the institutions failed to act. I am not aware of anything done by the prosecution, thus we are obliged to deal with it. We are not an investigative body, but we must request information from the authorities," said Siderov.
He explained the anonymous tipoff was describing the case and the author has requested a probe to establish if it involved corruption practices under the form of providing political cover-up for businessman Mihail Mihov AKA "Misho the Beer."
In mid-January 2010, Mihov became notoriously known through his involvement in the "Tapegate" saga.
At a press conference at the time, the Galeria weekly released a tape of a conversation between then Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov and then head of Bulgaria's Customs Agency Vanyo Tanov, from which it emerged Borisov might have provided a cover-up for Mihov.
The tapes reveal that Borisov had called Tanov with an order to immediately pull out all Customs agents from Mihov's beer factory over an agreement that he made with the businessman, and that the "Ledenika" boss personally complained to the Prime Minister that the Customs inspected his plant in spite of their arrangements. The authenticity of the compromising tape involving Mihov's name was never unconditionally proven.
47-year-old Mihail Mikov was the owner of the three Bulgarian breweries, (hence his nickname "Misho Birata" - i.e. "Misho the Beer"). Mihov was also head of the Bulgarian Basketball Federation since 2008 and the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Varna.
After the recording was made public, he was found dead in a hotel room on March 30, 2011.
According to official autopsy results, Mihov has passed away from "fast heart failure over acute coronary deficiency." The autopsy report was sent to the Sofia Prosecutor's Office.
Shortly after his body was found, the Bulgarian Basketball Federation confirmed in a statement that its President had died of a heart attack; meanwhile, Bulgarian media were quick to describe Mihov's death as mysterious.
Mihov's body was found in the RIU Pravets Resort Hotel, in the town of Pravets, northeast of Sofia, which, according to unofficial information is owned by tycoon Valentin Zlatev, the CEO of Lukoil Bulgaria.
In June, Siderov said Mihov has been killed by an injection with poison simulating the signs of a heart attack to cover up for Borisov's crimes.
In the aftermath, the leadership of Borisov's Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, vowed to sue Siderov for slander against their leader.
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