Bulgarian justice minister firmly opposes illegal spying

Bulgarian justice minister firmly opposes illegal spying

The use of special surveillance devices and spying is absolutely inadmissible when it does not have legal grounds, Bulgaria's Justice Minister, Margarita Popova, says.

In an interview for the Bulgarian TV channel bTV, Popova became the first minister from the cabinet of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party to oppose the spying on her colleagues and other high-ranking individuals.

The Justice Minister's statement came in the aftermath of the scandal raging in the country after three tapes of discrediting conversations between Customs Agency head Gen. Vanyo Tanov with his superiors Finance Minister Simeon Dajnkov and Deputy Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov вЂ" were releР°sed at a news conference Wednesday by the Galeria weekly, a paper believed to be the mouthpiece of Aleksei Petrov, former special agent of the State National Security Agency DANS, who has been investigated on organized crime charges since his arrest in the much advertised "Operation Octopus" in February 2010.

According to Popova, when there is no control over the use of special surveillance devices, the results for the society and for the citizens can end up being "unpleasant."

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