Hunting for migrants and bribing border police with helicopters

Hunting for migrants and bribing border police with helicopters
Hunting for migrants and bribing border police with helicopters

Helicopters will be used to monitor how the border police operate, said the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ivan Demerdzhiev

16 September 2022Friday, 10:06 a.m.

Author: Mikhail DIMITROV

How high the “police umbrella” reaches in the Ministry of the Interior will become clear when the investigation into the “Semerjiev” case is over, Minister Demerjiev said

In order not to leave dead zones for migrants to pass through, three weeks ago we included drones to monitor the border, and now helicopters that will cover the area daily. They will be equipped with the necessary equipment. This is what the Acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Ivan Demerdzhiev, said in “The Day Begins” on BNT.

“The helicopters, on the one hand, will check for migrants who have infiltrated the interior of the country, but on the other hand, they will monitor how the border police operate. It will be checked on the relevant day and time when a group passes, who was on shift and who is responsible for missing it,” he specified.

“The center in Bolyarovo is closed because the various border directorates were not evenly distributed on the land border with Turkey. The area covered by border police officers from Malko Tarnovo was two and a half times the area covered by other border police departments. Due to the complexity, it was a logical decision to create another directorate there in order to divide the region into two,” said the caretaker minister.

He revealed that drivers are being imported from abroad to transport the migrants.

“The list is very broad – Ukraine, Macedonia, Romania, Italy… In the last 1-2 weeks, there has been a tendency for Bulgarians not to carry out this activity, which is indicative that the Ministry of the Interior is doing its job. We have notified Europol to trace the connections that start from Turkey and end at the final point to which this refugee flow was headed and to find out who is involved in this criminal scheme,” Demerdzhiev pointed out.

He also spoke about the investigation into the “police umbrella” over Georgi Semerdzhiev, who caused the brutal accident on Cherni Vrah Boulevard in July in Sofia.

According to him, it is clear from the inspectorate’s report that different subdivisions acted in different ways – some strictly complied with their duties, while others at certain times approached in a way that neither the law provides nor the rules of the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding Georgi Semerdzhiev. One cannot speak of overall coordination, but of individual cases in which individual units in the system acted in the service of Semerdzhiev, the minister pointed out.

“There are some things that are egregious, such as the fact that he was detained and allowed to escape after being detained, which is absurd. There was sufficient police force and there is a clear protocol on how to act in such cases to neutralize and secure the person after being detained,” he added.

“After he was detained, he was allowed to go to his car on his own under the pretext of getting rid of the jewelry he had and returning to the police, which is absurd – this was one of the cases before the accident,” explained Demerdzhiev.

There are three other cases that are also striking, he added.

“With them, criminal decrees were issued, i.e. the act was treated as an administrative offense in the event that there was all the available data to report it as a crime and to take measures regarding a committed crime, explained the acting minister.

“In no case is it a question of general coordination. Sometimes certain structures participated in certain actions – 2 or 3 structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and one of them did its job, but the other one or two did the exact opposite and assisted Semerdzhiev. “No one made a decision to release him, but he was allowed to escape. No one released him – at least there is no evidence that anyone officially released him,” he added.

The question also arose as to why in 2014 the report was extremely voluminous and startling in scale and why we are only now examining the “Semerjiev” case, given that these are actions and violations that have been accumulating for years, the interior minister added.

“The focus of inspections should be the current situation, not going back 6 years and checking how a person was treated 6 years ago. All those who acted and committed violations obviously knew what was being done and all their managers had a duty to know about these actions and they had a duty to take action,” he pointed out.

In all nearly 40 cases related to Semerdzhiev, the Minister of the Interior has ordered that disciplinary proceedings be instituted and that they move as quickly as possible, and he expects results on them very soon.

According to him, there are also data on treatment by the prosecutor’s office. And how high the “police umbrella” reaches in the Ministry of the Interior will become clear when the inspection is over. It will cover one floor up and depending on the data, it remains to be seen how far it will go, he added.

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