The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office has terminated the investigation against the former director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) Plamen Mollov for a proposed bribe due to lack of evidence. This is said in a message from Mollov sent to Free Europe.
“The “Captain Andreevo” case was used as an alibi for political survival, but it turned into a management fiasco,” Mollov’s announcement reads.
The deputy administrative head and spokesperson of the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office, Desislava Petrova, told “Dnevnik” that after an investigation was conducted, the pre-trial proceedings were terminated.
“We have not found sufficient evidence of a crime committed. A computer-technical examination of the recording has been appointed, but we cannot go into details, as the decree is subject to control,” said Petrova.
She did not specify the exact date of termination of the decree, but indicated that it was soon.
The prosecutor’s office began an investigation based on a recording released in early June. In it, two men talk about the phytosanitary control laboratory at the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing. The entry was sent to the editorial offices by an anonymous email. The audio was accompanied by a text claiming that it was related to “a failed attempt by the mafia to bribe the executive director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) Prof. Dr. Hristo Daskalov not to interfere with the control on the border”.
Daskalov confirmed that he was one participant in the conversation, and the other was Plamen Mollov. According to Daskalov, he was offered a folder filled with about 100,000 BGN.
After the outbreak of the scandal, Plamen Mollov was removed from the party of former acting Prime Minister Stefan Yanev “Bulgarian Rise”. Hristo Daskalov is on leave as director of the BABH because he is a candidate for deputy from “We continue the change”.