Judge at centre of controversy recuses herself from bankruptcy trial

Roumyana Chenalova, the judge at the centre of a controversy about a bankruptcy hearing that has re-ignited debate about the state of Bulgaria’s judiciary, has recused herself from the trial.

Sofia City Court said that Chenalova had recused herself because of a disciplinary investigation into her conduct and to avoid any doubts about the impartiality of the court.

The recusal is the latest development after, on December 5, French ambassador Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes highlighted the case – involving bankruptcy proceedings against two Bulgarian subsidiaries of a French firm – and spoke of “rotten apples” in the Bulgarian judiciary.

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