Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council has voted to remove Veselin Pengezov from the position of chair of the Sofia Appellate Court because of the revelations made in the summer of 2010 which tangled Pengezov's family in a property scandal.
The Supreme Judicial Court (VSS) voted 15 to 4, with 3 abstaining, to remove Pengezov from the head position of the Sofia Appellate Court; the discredited magistrate, however, will still remain on staff as a regular judge. The VSS decision can be appealed.
Pengezov was removed because of the scandal, which involved transferring the ownership of beach-front property in Bulgarian Black Sea resort Primorsko to his daughter, Ana Pengezova, who is also a magistrate.
The VSS has cited as the only motive for his removal the fact that the scandal has damaged the image of the Bulgarian judiciary.