The Bulgarian Anti-Corruption Commission said on January 31 that it had started investigating allegations of irregularities by Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev in response to statements by Justice Minister Nadezhda Yordanova to the media.
Yordanova told public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television on January 28 that she was awaiting a decision from the Constitutional Court – scheduled for February 8 – on whether the justice minister was entitled to submit a formal request to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to resign to be submitted to the public prosecutor. General.
In 2021, then-acting Justice Minister Yanaki Stoilov’s request to the SJC for Geshev’s resignation was denied by the council, which said it had no legal grounds to do so.
Yordanova told BNT that she will add more reasons for initiating the process of Geshev’s impeachment.
She said there had been various irregularities both during Geshev’s tenure as Attorney General and in his previous professional activities.
The Anti-Corruption Commission said the Justice Department would require certified copies of the complaints and “other relevant information.”
Geshev took office as Attorney General in December 2019, a post with a seven-year term. He was the only candidate for the post. In the run-up to his appointment, his nomination was met with public protests against it.
The four-strong ruling majority in the Bulgarian National Assembly issued a statement calling for Geshev’s resignation.
The January 14 statement cited the public’s lack of trust in the Attorney General, the 2020 protests calling for his resignation and the failure of the prosecutor’s office to investigate high-level corruption, leading to sanctions against Bulgarian individuals in the country Framework of the United States has introduced Magnitsky Act.
At the time, Geshev dismissed the call as a publicity stunt, while last week he said his resignation would only benefit criminals, not ordinary citizens, and said he would not be stepping down.
The Anti-Corruption Commission’s announcement comes two weeks after its head, Sotir Tsatsarov – Geshev’s predecessor as Prosecutor General, submitted to Parliament a request for resignation on 1.
(Photo of Geshev: Prosecutor’s Office)
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