Bulgarian MPs Replace Tainted Deputy Speaker with Another Turkish Party Member
Bulgaria's parliament has expectedly elected Aliosman Imamov as deputy speaker to replace a senior politician who ended his political career abruptly last week when he quit party and state posts over tax fraud and money laundering allegations.
Imamov was nominated by the ethnic Turkish party the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS). He will replace Hristo Biserov also resigned as Deputy Chairman of DPS and expressed his desire be released from his MP seat.
DPS have nominated MP Chetin Kazak to replace Biserov as head of the parliamentary judicial committee.
Meanwhile, it has been made clear that the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office has initiated a probe over alleged financial and tax crimes against Biserov.
According to local media reports CIA has exposed the financial crimes of Hristo Biserov.
The reports came on the heels of information that the tipoff about the crimes has been sent to Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security (DANS) by a foreign special service.
Transfers from Biserov's Swiss account to assets of his stepson Ivaylo Glavinkov in Macedonia have attracted the attention of agents, and after a second tranche of USD 50 000, they have notified their Bulgarian counterparts.
Upon receiving the money, the two made deposits, withdrew cash and made bank transfers to related companies registered in the offshore zones of the Seychelles Islands.
The former Member of the Parliament is being also investigated for a false tax declaration.
Hristo Biserov, former Deputy Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament and former Deputy Chairman of DPS has been a long-time key figure in the party's leadership, and has acted as MP from the party since 2005 until November 3, when he surprisingly resigned from all posts, citing personal reasons.
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