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Borissov: resigned crime-fighters best in Bulgaria

Date: 25.10.2005

The five crime fighters who handed in their resignations on Thursday were the most respected people within the structure, former Interior Ministry Secretary General Boyko Borissov commented Friday.

Krasimir Mladenov was the person who developed the first mass operation on money laundering in Bulgaria - that against Ivan Todorov, aka Doktora, Borissov, who is now running for Sofia mayor said. He added that Ivan Yovchev and Ivan Tsvetkov were the people who helped him organize and conduct the best drug-bust operations, and were the Bulgarians that all drug enforcement units in the world respected the most.

They had participated in various courses in the FBI, in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and in Germany. Boril Katsarov had also been working on many important cases and made many arrests, Borissov commented.

It was because of these people that Simeon II National Movement (SIINM) praised the Ministry in a TV-spot, Borissov added.

When asked about Botyo Botev, he said that he just couldn't comment, for Botev was a legend in Bulgaria's criminology with 37 years of police service and it just wasn't right to make such a person resign.

Borissov addressed his words directly to SIINM leader Simeon Saxe-Coburg, saying that he wanted him to understand exactly what kind of people the five were. When ambassadors, Europol and Interpol chiefs had gone to Saxe-Coburg to praise the police services, they had praised these five, Borissov said, not him, nor Valentin Petrov head of the National Police Department, nor current Secretary General Iliya Iliev, he underlined.

Deputy NSCOC directors Krasimir Mladenov and Ivan Yovchev, Ivan Tsvetkov and Boril Katsarov chiefs of the "Narcotics and Terror" division, as well as Botyo Botev, contract murders expert, had all requested their retirement earlier.

Mladenov announced that his main reason for quitting was his disagreement with the new laws regulating the Ministry of Interior. He said that loosing five high-ranked officials was bound to affect the NSCOC's work.

Additional reports stated that clashes with Iliev, who claimed he was unable to team up with the five in a productive way, lead to the downpour of resignations.

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