Bulgarian Tourism Minister to sue former deputy tourism minister for defamation

Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on August 17 that she would take court action against former deputy tourism minister Branimir Botev after he alleged that she was linked to an attempted invasion of his home by three masked men.

Botev said in television interview that on the night of August 16, three men had tried to climb over the fence into the grounds of his home near Euxinograd on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.

His son spotted one of the men, and when the group was illuminated by the headlights of a passing car, they ran away, according to Botev.

He linked the incident, which he described as an attempt at intimidation, to statements that he had made in a television interview some days ago in which he was sharply critical of the handling of the tourism portfolio by Angelkova and other senior officials in her ministry.

Botev was deputy tourism minister in the 2013/2014 “Oresharski” Bulgarian Socialist Party-Movement for Rights and Freedoms cabinet and deputy economy minister in the Bliznashki caretaker cabinet in 2014. Angelkova is a senior member of Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party, the majority partner in the current government.

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