Mafia infiltrates Supreme Court
Tsvetan Vassilev spy has a 2-hour meeting with Panov, negotiates an acquittalMonitor News Agency , Sofia
The mafia has officially infiltrated the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC). The justice institution’s head Lozan Panov recently hosted the chairperson of the NGO Boets Georgi Georgiev in his Sofia Court House office, with their closed-to-the-media meeting lasting two hours. Afterwards, Georgiev, who is better known as a spy for fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev and whose NGO serves as a public battering ram used against the Prosecutor’s Office, which brought up charges against Vassilev for the draining of CorpBank, left the meeting visibly pleased.
Footage of Georgiev’s team entering Panov’s office was shown by Channel 3, whose presence at the scene appeared to be an unpleasant surprise for the aides of the SCC head.
With this meeting, Lozan Panov is selling the third-nstance court to the mafia, eroding the credibility of the court, which employs honourable magistrates with proven professionalism. The destruction of this over 120-years-old institution’s image is being done by Panov, with the help of his spouse Elisaveta Panova, aka the Black Swan.
This is why Brussels needs to intervene urgently so that the actions of the top judge can be brought to light and that there are consequences for the fact that he has been undermining the justice system’s highest-ranked institution for the past four years – the Supreme Court of Cassation.
The SCC had stayed mum on the planned meeting but Georgiev boasted about it on social media. Journalists were not invited, an indication that the SCC chairperson wanted to keep the conversation with Georgiev secret. Following the meeting, Panov did not come out of his office but Georgiev volunteered that the conversation went great. Asked whether his friend Tsvetan Vassilev, who has been hiding from the Bulgarian justice system in Serbia for over four years, was a topic of discussion, Georgiev answered rather unconvincingly in the negative. In response to an enquiry with the SCC as to why Panov even met with the chairperson of Boets given that Georgiev is not shy about his ties to Tsvetan Vassilev, who is on trial for syphoning billions off of CorpBank, and what they discussed, Panov’s team essentially offered a laconic non-answer: “At the meeting, Borets presented the organisation’s operations and the various reports they have filed with different bodies.” The SCC representatives also states that “no specific cases against specific individuals” were talked about during the meeting.
But this answer directly contradicts Georgi Georgiev’s statement to Frognews, a website sponsored by Tsvetan Vassilev and playing the role of the fugitive banker’s long-time PR agent. Following the meeting, Georgiev told the website owned by agent Academician of the former State Security, that there was another audit in addition to the first tax inspection of Lozan Panov and his spouse Elisaveta, which concluded with a report of suspected wrongdoings sent to the Anti-Corruption Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture. The subject of the second audit is just Elisaveta Panova, whose public profile was raised by the nickname the Black Swan, given to her by the leader of the political party Yes, Bulgaria Hristo Ivanov. Considering the fact that such information had not been disclosed by the tax authorities up to that point, this could only mean that Georgiev learnt about it from Panov himself at their meeting. We can only speculate as to why the head of the SCC would confide in someone who works to protect the interests of Tsvetan Vassilev. One thing is absolutely certain – the two of them meeting was unacceptable and runs against the ethical code of administering the law and against the Judicial System Act. And the reason is that, sooner or later, the CorpBank draining case against Tsvetan Vassilev will reach the Supreme Court of Cassation over which Panov presides. The conversation he had with Georgiev raises serious and legitimate concerns that an acquittal of Vassilev at the third-instance court was subject of negotiations at the meeting. In other words, it is fair to suspect that the court ruling has been sold to the mafia already. Not to mention that such a meeting sends a clear message to the courts of lower instance, whose decisions are reviewed by the SCC, what is the “right ruling” in Panov’s eyes.