The district court in Stara Zagora ruled on Saturday “detention” against 62-year-old T.D. and 55-year-old G.P. for coercion of officials. This was reported to BTA by the press center of the institution.
The court’s decision is subject to appeal with a private complaint and/or protest before the Plovdiv Court of Appeal within three days.
The court held that a reasonable assumption could be made that the two accused committed the crimes for which they were brought to criminal liability.
According to the court there is no real danger that TD and GP will abscond given the fact that permanent address data is available for each of them. But he thought that may commit another crime if imposed upon them a lighter measure of remand and by their actions to try to influence the questioning of the witnesses.
G. P. and T. D. are brought as accused and that for the period from January 10, 2019 to January 25 of the same year, in complicity as co-perpetrators, forced a senior expert in the Regional Education Department (RUO) in Stara Zagora to do something against his will, namely a re-inspection in a secondary school in the regional city. The aim was to change findings from a previous one, as T.D. abused her power in her capacity as the head of RUO-Stara Zagora – a crime under Art. 143, para. 1, cf. Art. 20, para. 2 of the Criminal Code.
The prosecutor’s office in Stara Zagora accused the head of the local inspectorate of education
Tanya Dimitrova was detained for 72 hours
Actions have been taken in the pre-trial proceedings during the investigation – more than 30 witnesses, including experts, were questioned in RUO-Stara Zagora, principals of schools, etc., a search was carried out and physical evidence was voluntarily handed over – accounting documents, invoices, offers, contracts and their annexes, mobile phones, laptops, flash drives, etc.
We recall that on Thursday, the head of the Regional Department of Education in Stara Zagora, Tatyana Dimitrova, was detained. She was arrested in connection with an investigation being conducted by the General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime (GDBOP).
Tatiana Dimitrova was fired in May last year by Nikolay Denkov in his capacity as Minister of Education because of disciplinary violations related to insufficient control of the work of school principals. After an appeal, with a final decision of the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC), she was reinstated.
In the pre-trial proceedings actions were carried out on the investigation – more than 30 witnesses were questioned, including experts in the Regional Administrative Court of Stara Zagora, school principals, etc., a search was carried out and physical evidence was voluntarily handed over – accounting documents, invoices, offers, contracts and annexes to them, mobile phones, laptops, flash drives and others, specify from the prosecutor’s office in Stara Zagora.