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Court postpones trial against former Mladost mayor

Court postpones trial against former Mladost mayor

7 September 2018 | 13:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Criminal Court postponed the trial against former Mladost district mayor Desislava Ivancheva to September 13, BNR has reported. The trial could not begin because Ivancheva and another defendant did not receive the indictment on time. The court found that the seven-day period to trial after service of the documents had not been respected. The seven-day term expires at the end of today’s working day and the judge accepted the defendants’ requests for more time to study the documents. Ivancheva is sued together with her former deputy Bilyana Petrova and former district mayor Petko Dyulgerov. According to the prosecution, Ivancheva, with help from Petrova and Dyulgerov as intermediary, extorted money from a businessman in exchange for a construction permit in Mladost.
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Special Prosecutor’s Office files indictment against mayor of Mladost district, her deputy and former deputy mayor for large scale bribery

Special Prosecutor’s Office files indictment against mayor of Mladost district, her deputy and former deputy mayor for large scale bribery

23 August 2018 | 13:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Prosecutor’s Office has filed an indictment against the former mayor of Sofia’s district of Mladost, Desislava Ivancheva, her deputy Bilyana Hristova, and former deputy mayor Petko Dyulgerov for large scale bribery, extortion and abuse of power, said the Prosecutor’s Office.
According to the indictment, the three requested EUR 500,000 from businessman Alexander Vaklin to issue a construction permit. The investigation began after Vaklin reported to the anti-corruption commission that he was being blackmailed. On 17 April, the three suspects were arrested in an hours-long public law enforcement operation in Sofia city centre after receiving the first installment of the bribe amounting to EUR 70,000.

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Investigation of corruption in Sofia’s Mladost district is over

Investigation of corruption in Sofia’s Mladost district is over

11 July 2018 | 14:25 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Prosecutor’s Office has finished the investigation of corruption against Mladost District Mayor Desislava Ivancheva, Deputy Mayor Bilyana Petrova and former mayor Petko Dyulgerov, the Prosecutor’s Office said. In the last two days, the charges, refined during the pre-trial proceedings, were brought to each of the three. From today, the materials in the case will be turned over to the indicted and their lawyers. The case will be sent to court as soon as possible. The three were detained in Sofia on April 17 after receiving EUR 70,000. The investigation took less than 3 months, the press release reads.
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Mladost district mayor charged with corruption remains in custody, the case will go to court in 2 months

Mladost district mayor charged with corruption remains in custody, the case will go to court in 2 months

5 July 2018 | 16:59 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Court of Appeal decided that Mladost District Mayor Desislava Ivancheva who was accused of corruption should remain in custody, bTV reports.
However, the court did not accept the prosecution’s claim that there was a risk that she might commit another crime.
The investigation is over and the evidence will be presented to the defence next week.
Within 2 months, the case should be brought to court.
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Case against Mladost district mayor and her deputy postponed to Tuesday

Case against Mladost district mayor and her deputy postponed to Tuesday

31 May 2018 | 15:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Appellate Court postponed to next Tuesday the case against Mladost district Mayor Desislava Ivancheva and her deputy Bilyana Petrova, the Bulgarian National Radio reported. The court was supposed to decide today whether the two should be removed from office. They, however, requested time to get acquainted with the case files and the court rescheduled the trial to next Tuesday.
Desislava Ivancheva, Bilyana Petrova and former district mayor Petko Dyulgerov have been in custody for more than a month over charges of asking and receiving a bribe. The prosecutors asked for temporary suspension of their powers after it became clear that while in custody Ivancheva issued a dismissal order for Deputy Mayor of Mladost Rumen Rusev, who is one of the main witnesses against her. The prosecutors interpreted it as an attempt to pressure the witness into withdrawing his testimony. Ivancheva argued that her decision was in line with the law, and the prosecutors’ actions were seeking “her political destruction”. According to the prosecutors, Rusev was fired so that Bilyana Petrova is appointed as an acting mayor and Ivancheva continues de facto to run her office, even if still in custody and charged with bribery. Petrova is regarded as an accomplice to Ivancheva in the extortion of businessman Alexander Vaklin.
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Special Prosecutor’s Office requests Mladost’s mayor removal from office for handling administrative matters while in custody

Special Prosecutor’s Office requests Mladost’s mayor removal from office for handling administrative matters while in custody

23 May 2018 | 13:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Today, the Special Prosecutor’s Office has filed a request for removal from office of the mayor of Sofia’s Mladost district, Desislava Ivancheva, who has been remanded in custody on charges of receiving large-scale bribery, the Prosecutor's Office said.
The prosecutors found that in the detention facility where she is being held in custody, Ivancheva has been handling documents in her capacity as mayor, then sending them to the municipal administration through persons with permission to visit. In so doing, she has been effectively exercising her powers, despite being held on remand.
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