Bulgarians with Swiss Bank Accounts – “Catch Me If You Can”

Why isn't the prosecution asking Germany and France, which also have information?
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The National Revenue Agency (NRA) reminded once again of the Swiss bank accounts of Bulgarian citizens. They were in the amount of 400 million levs, but bank secret protected them.

This is a long-known fact. As it is known that former lawmaker Hristo Bisserov, who is facing legal charges, is among the lucky account holders in Switzerland. The Swiss bank secret also protects him, and not from NRA, but from the almighty Prosecutor’s Office. Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov complained recently that “they” were not giving them information for a year now.

They are not giving it, but no one is asking for it either. For, as revealed by a simple request of Bivol under the Access to Public Information Act (APIA), the Germans have data on hundreds of Bulgarians with accounts in Switzerland. They have expressly invited now-former NRA Director, Krasimir Stefanov, and four experts to see who these account holders are. They have also explained that in order to obtain the information for each depositor, it would be sufficient to send a well-grounded and individualized inquiry – full name, date and place of birth, reason to seek information (tax or criminal investigation).

Guess how many questions the Bulgarian State sent? Not a single one! Moreover, there are no reports of Stefanov’s visit to Berlin; no report has been prepared for former Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov; no reports of the four experts to Stefanov. This was also revealed by Bivol after inquiring under APIA!

There are no reports, but Krasimir Stefanov is alive and well. He became politician by joining the formerly-ruling centrist party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB), later left it and went “reporting” to controversial new politician and former TV Host Nikolay Barekov. He eloped with the latter’s party “Bulgaria without Censorship” as “expert”. Do we need to explain how can the information on rich Bulgarians with accounts in Switzerland be used when he has seen it with his own eyes in the capacity of a State official?

Where is the prosecution? How come classified reports disappear from institutions? Why isn’t there even one single request to the Germans to obtain this precious information? In addition to the German one, there is also a French disc with accounts of Swiss depositors. Why aren’t they officially asking the Germans and the French officials about Hristo Bisserov when Switzerland keeps silent? Why aren’t they officially asking about the majority shareholder in the failed private Corporate Commercial Bank, Tsvetan Vassilev, and about shady lawmaker Delyan Peevski in the investigation of money laundering, which began on the tipoff of the Protest Network, when Switzerland and Liechtenstein have initiated proceedings in it? Does anyone remember who owns Bulgartabac? This is an individual concealed behind Liechtenstein companies. Who is this person?

Maybe they are not asking because they may catch them? And others after them… Because if information about the Swiss and Liechtenstein disks starts flowing from Germany and France, we don’t know who will be swept and when it will stop.



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