The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria Ivan Geshev and the Executive Vice President of European Commission Frans Timmermans discussed the strengthening of the rule of law in the EU
The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria Ivan Geshev and the Executive Vice President of European Commission Frans Timmermans discussed the strengthening of the rule of law in the EU

On February 5th 2020 the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria Ivan Geshev met the Executive Vice President of the European commission Frans Timmermans in Brussels.

Ivan Geshev expressed his gratitude to Frans Timmermans for his support and efforts, as First Vice President in the Juncker Commission, on adopting the decision for completion of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism at the end of 2019.

The Prosecutor General expressed his confidence about the final completion of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism and underlined the need to continue actions in the fight against high – level corruption and the firm determination of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria to implement them.

Ivan Geshev and Frans Timmermans discussed also the further implementation of the rule of law mechanism in all EU member states.

The Prosecutor General intends to inform the European Commission about the actions of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria regarding the combating corruption, organized crime and misuse of EU funds as well as about the current status of the processes, related to observing the rule of law.

Ivan Geshev emphasized that the Prosecutor’s Office is keen on open dialogue, cooperation and partnership with European institutions.

During the meeting Ivan Geshev acquainted Frans Timmermans with the recent actions of the Prosecutor’s Office on consolidation of the legal order in the country.


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    • Three people were charged with the attack on the investigative journalist Slavi Angelov

      The Specialized Prosecutor’s Office charged three people – G.A., N.A. and B.M. in regard to the beating of the journalist Slavi Angelov on 17.03.2020. The three of them were accused of taking part in criminal association, causing grievous bodily injury and possession of drugs.

      During the conducted searches and seizures in the inhabited places of the defendants and their cars, were found and confiscated numerous objects, related to the criminal proceedings – mobile phones, SIM cards, USB, computers, clothes, shoes, hammers, blackjacks, stun sticks, handcuffs, military smoke balls, huge amount of money, a flag with swastika, the book of Adolf Hitler “My Kampf” and drugs – cocaine as well.

      By the inspection of the car, samplings and biological material were seized in order to be examined its DNA.

      On April 25, 2020 a request will be brought to the Special Criminal Court to impose the most severe pre-trial detention measures to the three accused people.

       “Despite the state of emergency the colleagues from the Ministry of Interior, together with the supervising prosecutors, worked really hard and in due time collected evidences, which we hope to be properly evaluated by the Specialized Criminal Court and to impose pre-trial detention measures of the three defendants”, said the Prosecutor General of the Republic Bulgaria Ivan Geshev during the official briefing in the Palace of Justice.

      “I would like to express my gratitude to our colleagues for their round-the-clock work. Although the officials of the Ministry of Interior are engaged with unspecific activities during the state of emergency, they continue to work on the investigation. This case is an attack against our country. The main hypothesis is that the attack is related with the work of journalist Slavi Angelov and it is a result of activity of people, who want to destabilize the country; they are subject of prosecution and are located outside the borders of the country and are hiding”, states the Prosecutor General.

      Ivan Geshev also stressed that, although the detection of guarantors in this type of crimes is complicated, the investigation activities in this direction are ongoing. 

    • PRESS RELEASE

      In relation to the provided by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria data and in respect to the high public interest on the conducted, under the supervision of Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office (SCPO), investigation about the attempted murder by poisoning of Emiliyan Hristov Gebrev, his son Hr. Gebrev and V.T we provide the following additional information: