The head of Bulgaria’s Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, Tsvetelin Tsvetanov, was arrested in an anti-corruption raid in capital city Sofia on March 31, reports said.
Tsvetanov was held during a joint operation by the State Agency for National Security, Chief Directorate for Combating Organised Crime and Special Prosecutor’s Office, national radio said.
More than 10 people were reported to have arrested in the operation, carried out simultaneously in five cities and towns in Bulgaria.
The offices of the Motor Vehicle Administration Agency in Sofia, Vratsa and Vidin were searched. The investigation was in connection with licensing of companies, and alleged falsifying records of drivers’ exams and irregularities in the issuing of driving licences.
Reports said that in Sofia, a total of eight people were arrested, three in Vratsa and three in Vidin. Arrests were also expected in Varna and Gabrovo.
The Transport Ministry confirmed that teams from the State Agency for National Security and the Chief Directorate for Combating Organised Crime had sealed off offices of the motor vehicle administration. Transport Minister Ivailo Moskovski had ordered the chief of the ministry’s security department to assist investigators, the ministry said.