Three Bulgarian customs officers convicted of accepting bribes
Three Bulgarian customs officers from the Gyueshevo office have been convicted of accepting bribes, the prosecuting magistracy said on January 11 2017, in a statement on the outcome of the trials of the three who were originally charged in 2013.
One of the accused, a senior inspector at the Customs Agency, identified as D Davidkov, requested and received 150 euro in cash in return for not carrying out customs checks on cargo loads.
Davidkov was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for three years, a fine of 1500 leva (about 767 euro) and was banned from being employed by the Ministry of Finance and the Interior Ministry for a period of three years.
Two other customs officers, identified as M Martinov and K Petrov, pleaded guilty. Martinov, in complicity with Petrov, requested and received a 100 euro bribe.
Martinov was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for three years, a fine of 800 leva and was banned from being employed by the Finance Ministry and the Interior Ministry for a period of three years.
Petkov, who requested and received a bribe of 300 euro, was sentenced to one year and five months in jail, suspended for three years, a fine of 2000 leva and was banned from being employed by the Finance Ministry and Interior Ministry for three years.
The court’s rulings are subject to appeal in the Sofia Appeal Court.