The mayor of Sofia’s Mladost district Dessislava Ivancheva was arrested on April 17 at one of the busiest intersections in Bulgaria’s capital city, with media reports claiming it was part of an anti-corruption operation even as law enforcement agencies kept silent on the very public arrest.
Ivancheva was elected mayor of Mladost, one of Sofia’s more populous boroughs, in November 2016 after taking a lead role in several protests against over-development in the district, already home to numerous high-rise residential buildings.
Multiple media reports claimed that she was detained for allegedly seeking a bribe to issue a construction permit. It was also claimed that part of the bribe, 70 000 euro, was in the car at the time of the arrest…. / IBNA
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