Bulgaria health minister charged over swine flu vaccine deals

Bulgarian prosecutors charged Health Minister Bozhidar Nanev with graft on Tuesday.

Bulgaria health minister charged over swine flu vaccine deals

Bulgarian prosecutors charged Health Minister Bozhidar Nanev with graft on Tuesday.

The charges related to Nanev signing two vaccine contracts last December, Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolai Kokinov said. He faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.

The Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the transactions for the purchase of 80 000 doses of the swine flu vaccine and for antiviral drugs against the new flu virus in December 2009, the Health Ministry confirmed.

Nanev, who was not immediately available to comment, was the first minister to be formally accused of corruption in the Balkan country since communism collapsed 20 years ago, prosecutors said.

"It is important we have proved that there are no untouchable people," Kokinov said but did not give other details. The health ministry said it would issue a statement later in the day.

Local media quoted unnamed sources as saying Nanev's fraud had cost the state 12 million levs ($8.3 million).


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Mart 2010, 16:22

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