Head of anti-mafia authority in Sofia resigns

The head of the Bulgarian police authority responsible for the combatting of organized crime, Vanyo Tanov, on Thursday resigned in protest at a "political smokescreen" that had been erected to hide the country's shadow economy.

Head of anti-mafia authority in Sofia resigns
The head of the Bulgarian police authority responsible for the combatting of organized crime, Vanyo Tanov, on Thursday resigned in protest at a "political smokescreen" that had been erected to hide the country's shadow economy.

The authority had reached its limits in its fight against corruption in the "higher echelons of power," Tanov was quoted as saying by Bulgarian media.

The smuggling of goods covered by consumption tax laws was protected by politics, Tanov said.

Interior Minister Rumen Petkov accepted the resignation, but rejected Tanov's accusations.

In its June progress report on Bulgaria the European Union criticized the country's inefficient judiciary and its failure to adequately fight corruption.

Bulgaria joined the EU at the beginning of 2007.

DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2007, 23:35
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