Bulgarian justice minister proposes dismissal of chief prosecutor – EURACTIV.com
Bulgarian Acting Justice Minister Yanaki Stoilov on Friday filed a proposal with the Supreme Judicial Council (CJS) to dismiss Attorney General Ivan Geshev, citing the disclosure of data collected through special surveillance and a breach of the code of ethics for judges.
Stoilov told reporters that two days ago he received information from acting Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov about violations committed by Geshev.
The term of office of the chief prosecutor is seven years and Geshev is only in his second year as head of the prosecution in the country. His proposal is unlikely to be supported by the majority of SJC members who elected Geshev to the post of attorney general almost three years ago and who have so far remained blind to any signals being issued regarding his professionalism and integrity. . The justice minister called a meeting of the SJC on June 22.
The proposal to sack Geshev is “a political act aimed only at political dividends and public relations,” said spokeswoman for the attorney general, Siika Mileva. She added that the proposal contains only political but not legal arguments.
President Roumen Radev said on Saturday that Geshev’s resignation would be in the interests of civil society and the country.
“This deafening silence on endemic corruption at the highest levels, the high-profile corruption scandals that were covered by the global media and severely discredited the state, the deafening silence on the non-transparent spending of billions of public funds then that the prosecution aggressively defamed those who disturb those in power – this is what discredited and delegitimized the prosecution, ”Radev said.