News from Bulgaria

Russe Sets Records 09.05.2012

The Bulgarian customs officers set a new record a few days ago when news broke that 67 kilos of cocaine were seized at the Danube River port of Ruse-East on May 6. According to data from the last report of the US State Department, the amount seized during the entire 2011 is only 4.6 kilos. Newspapers report that the cocaine was hidden into a secret compartment box, weighing 1.5 tons, mounted in a ...

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The New Report of the European Commission 08.02.2012

The European Commission published the next, tenth report within the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification for Bulgaria and Romania. The document describes the progress made by the two countries in judiciary reform, fight against organized crime and corruption. Bulgarian media are full of criticism: mediapool; "Sеga" daily. EU experts note as a positive step the kick off of the specialized jud...

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Civil Forfeiture - Back on the Agenda 18.01.2012

The parliament will discuss again the Law on civil forfeiture in the end of January. The draft "Popova" proposal enters the schedule of the new minister Diana Kovacheva. The revised version will probably change some controversial texts. Only data on criminal activity will ground launching a procedure for forfeiture. The media suggest more improvements: the investigations will trace the money back ...

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2012 - Specialized Judicature Starts Working 03.01.2012

The work of specialized courts and prosecution offices started with the first working day of the new year. They will hear cases related to organized crime. According to preliminary assessments quoted in media, the new bodies will cover about 80 cases with indictments, but with no hearing scheduled. The comments on these first steps are focused on the investments in strengthening the administrati...

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