Secretary and advisor to Bulgarian President arrested
- 09 July 2020
A search of offices of the President's administration was launched on Thursday by prosecutors, representatives of the Interior Ministry, the Witness Protection Bureau and witnesses, the President's press secretariat said. The search was authorized by the Sofia Military Court and the Specialized Criminal Court, APA reports citing Bta.
Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev said a search and seizure was under way in two offices in the building of the President's administration, used by an advisor and a secretary of President Rumen Radev. Talking from the north central town of Gabrovo, Geshev said this was done as part of two separate pre-trial proceedings.
One is an investigation into trading in influence, as part of which the Specialized Prosecution Office has questioned as witnesses Radev's Legal Affairs and Anti-Corruption Secretary Plamen Uzunov and businessman Plamen Bobokov. The other investigation, conducted by the District Military Prosecution Office, is looking into unauthorized removal of classified materials. A presidential advisor who had been questioned several times, on the third or fourth occasion produced of his own free will documents marked as classified by the State Intelligence Agency, which he said he had found in a safe. Geshev explained the investigators would check what else that safe contained.
The State Agency for National Security (SANS) said on its website that it withdrew on Thursday the access to top secret information of two senior officers of the President's administration, identified only as I.M. and P. U. According to unofficial reports, they are Ivan Miloushev, the President's Security and Defence Advisor, and Plamen Uzunov. The SANS said this step was based on information that the two were unreliable in terms of information security and protection under the Classified Information Protection Act.
Also on Thursday, Plamen Bobokov was arrested in the trade-in-influence probe. It was his lawyer who told the press about it. He said the arrest was illegal as detention was a measure that could not be applied at this stage of the investigation.