Bulgaria PM Dismisses Corrupted State Officials Lekov and Tsakov

Politics | October 3, 2008, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev dismissed Friday the Deputy Chair of the State Sports Agency Ivan Lekov and the Deputy Sofia District Governor Marius Tsakov, both arrested and later released on bail over corruption charges.

Lekov was arrested on September 23 in his office in downtown Sofia. He is accused of using his influence and of corruption because he has taken a BGN 2,000 bribe by the football referee Hristo Ristoskov. According to the Prosecutor in charge of the case, Lekov has taken the money as payment for arranging football games by manipulating referees.

Sofia Appellate Court confirmed Thursday the BGN 10,000 bail imposed on him.

Tsakov was detained a day after Lekov during a special action of the State National Security Agency (DANS) in a Sofia supermarket while receiving the amount of BGN 6,000. A businessman, who has participated in a public tender for construction works in the town of Botevgrad, gave the signal to DANS and has said that the BGN 6,000 were part of a BGN 25,000 bribe.

The judges freed Tsakov on BGN 30,000 bail few days after the arrest.

Marius Tsakov has been a Parliament Member of the 39th Parliament from 2001 until 2005 as a representative of the former tsar's party National Movement Simeon II, which was later renamed National Movement for Stability and Progress.

While at the Parliament, Tsakov has been a member of the local government and regional development committee and the environmental committee.
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