Two Bulgarian MPs face prosecution, one for vote-buying, the other for killing a pedestrian

Two members of Bulgaria’s National Assembly have agreed to the revocation of their immunity from prosecution, following a request from the Prosecutor-General, Speaker Dimitar Glavchev told Parliament on June 21.

Dimitar Gamishev, an MP for Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party, is to face charges in connection with a November 2014 incident in which, while driving at high speed in a village in the Blagoevgrad area, he ran over and killed a pedestrian.

Manol Genov, an MP for Kornelia Ninova’s opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, is to face a charge of vote-buying. The charge was lodged by the anti-corruption unit at the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office.

Dimitar Gamishev and Manol Genov.

The requests to lift the immunity of the two MPs were sent to Parliament on June 20 by Prosecutor-General Sotir Tsatsarov.

By law, Bulgarian MPs are immune from prosecution, but this immunity may be removed with the consent of the National Assembly.

(Main photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)




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