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Bulgaria charges ex-interior minister in wiretapping scandal

SOFIA (Reuters) - A former Bulgarian interior minister was charged with abuse of power on Wednesday in a wiretapping scandal that has damaged the public's trust in politicians. Tsvetan Tsvetanov, a senior politician with the now-opposition GERB party, was accused of not imposing enough controls over employees when he was minister, allowing them to carry out illegal wiretaps of politicians and businessmen. He faces eight years in prison if found guilty.

Bulgarian ex-minister indicted over illegal wiretaps

Former Bulgarian interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov was indicted Wednesday in connection with a scandal over the irregular wiretapping of top politicians and businessmen, sources said. "We were handed an indictment for Mr Tsvetanov," the former minister's defence lawyer Menko Menkov told journalists, without elaborating, as he left Sofia's courthouse with his client. The prosecution also refused to specify the charges, but state BNR radio reported that the indictment was for "unexercised control over the use of special surveillance means".

Bulgarian prosecutors seek to charge ex-minister over wiretaps

Bulgarian prosecutors sought on Thursday to lift the immunity enjoyed by ex-interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, in a bid to press charges against him over the illegal wiretapping of politicians and businessmen. "The prosecution tabled today a request for parliament to lift the deputy immunity of Tsvetan Tsvetanov, allowing it to press charges in relation to unregulated wiretapping," chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov told journalists.

Bulgarian anti-mafia chief charged with corruption

The head of Bulgaria's anti-mafia bureau was charged with corruption on Friday after documents surfaced indicating he protected drug traffickers in exchange for thousands of euros, prosecutors said. Between 1999 and 2002, before he became director of the GDBOP anti-mafia bureau in 2009, Stanimir Florov apparently had irregular dealings with drug traffickers and traffickers of other illegal goods, the Sofia prosecutor's office said, citing documents it had received from an anonymous source.

Bulgaria court jails "Cocaine Kingpin" for money laundering

SOFIA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A Bulgarian court sentenced a gang kingpin on Friday to 7 1/2 years in prison for laundering drug-dealing profits, a small step against rampant organised crime that has slowed the Balkan state's full integration into the European Union. The EU's poorest member has been repeatedly criticised by Brussels for doing too little to fight widespread corruption and gangsterism that which still blight Bulgaria two decades after the end of Communist rule.
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