Nine Years in Jail for Former Deputy Prime Minister Tomov

Nine Years in Jail for Former Deputy Prime Minister Tomov

Sofia City Court Wednesday found former deputy prime minister Alexander Tomov guilty on one of the charges against him - for embezzlement from Kremikovtzi steel mill - and sentenced him to nine years in prison.

Tomov used to head the management of the steel mill. Another member of the management, Ivan Ivanov, received the same sentence.

The court found that Tomov and Ivanov have embezzled some 15 million leva by an unlawful transfer of immoveable property. Tomov was acquitted on all other charges, in which he and three more persons were charged with misuse of about 36 million leva, including funds of FC CSKA and Kremikovtzi.

After hearing the sentence Tomov said it is "immoral". Tomov, 56, held seats in two parliaments after 1989 - once as a Socialist MP and once as the leader of the Bulgarian Euro-Left he set up. He was deputy prime minister of Dimiter Popov's coalition government (1990-1991). Later he became head of the Supervisory Board of the Kremikovtzi works and CSKA president.

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