Bulgaria: The Prosecutor’s Office cuts off contacts with the Presidency

Bulgaria: The Prosecutor’s Office cuts off contacts with the Presidency

In strict adherence to the principle of separation of powers, Attorney General Ivan Geshev announced that the Prosecution’s Office would cut off any contact with the Presidency, apart from official written correspondence.

The communication will be suspended until the Constitutional Court’s ruling in Case No. 1/2020 on the compulsory interpretation of the article. 103 of the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria, on the immunity of the President and Vice-President.

The reason for this ruling is the need to avoid any doubts and attempts to influence the institution, the prosecutor said.

On January 28, the Prosecutor’s Office announced that it had identified evidence of possible involvement of the President of Bulgaria in criminal activities.

During the criminal proceedings initiated and conducted by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, investigators conducted an extensive analysis of the evidence on 22 January 2020, including the material evidence of the case (collected using special intelligence equipment by the National Security Agency-SANS against the Chief of the Air Force General Staff C.S.). The analysis found evidence “that there is a high likelihood of the involvement of a high-ranking person in a criminal activity being investigated – the President of the Republic of Bulgaria and the alleged crimes were not directly related to the responsibilities of his office”, the prosecutor’s office said.

On January 27, the Constitutional Court took over the constitutional case at the request of Attorney General Ivan Geshev for a mandatory interpretation of the provision of the article. 103 of the Constitution on the immunity of the President and Vice-President.

The provision states that the President and the Vice-President are not responsible for acts during the performance of their duties, except for treason and infringement of the Constitution. By law, they cannot also be detained and cannot be prosecuted./ibna