Former Bulgarian defense minister cleared at first instance

Bulgaria's former justice minister, Nikolay Tsonev, accused of abuse of power in public procurement last year, has just been acquitted by the Sofia court. The prosecutor had asked for 4 and a half years in prison, specify our colleagues from Sofia News Agency. And is apparently furious since he decided to appeal immediately. The documents held by the prosecutor clearly show, according to him, the guilt of the former minister. According to the indictment, he was the representative of an American company MIC industries. And from his ministerial appointment, he had quite simply transferred this function to Tanya Popova, who was none other than… the wife of the Foreign Minister of the coalition government at the time, Radion Popov. Between February and June 2009, he then, as minister, signed a contract with his former company for the construction of hangars, warehouses, barracks… All with a commission of $482.000 for the representative of MIC industries. A work between friends in a way…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).