The Ethical Committee of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) is keeping the lid on its probe in the scandal “Yaneva Gate”, through meetings closed to the public. The only thing we learned so far is that the Committee had asked former judge Rumyana Chenalova whose dog is heard in the recordings and who is the man in them. These are undoubtedly important questions, but there are others that we have no way of knowing if they have been asked.

Questions to Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov

Did he have a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in the evening of Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and did he discuss with him then the case “Worms” and the role of judge Vladimira Yaneva in it? Did Borisov urge him to indict Yaneva?

Did he have a meeting with Vladimira Yaneva on Friday, February 13, 2015? Did he comment with Yaneva the proceedings in the case “Worms”? Did he promise to Yaneva that he would try to “mask things” so that if there was a violation it would look like Yaneva was “misled”?

Did he attend an informal meeting with members of the SJC on February 17, 2015, at dusk? Did he instruct members of the SJC that Yaneva should be removed? Who are the members of the SJC who attended the meeting?

Did he call Vladimira Yaneva in the evening of Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from his office phone? Did he tell her that the prosecution will initiate proceedings against her and that he will submit to the SJC a request for her suspension?

Questions to the President of the Supreme Administrative Court, Georgi Kolev

Was he invited to a meeting with Sotir Tsatsarov on February 17, 2015, at dusk? Who invited him? Does he know who was present at this meeting? Did he talk with Yaneva on February 18 and 19, 2015 about her forthcoming suspension by the SJC? Did he plot a “conspiracy” with SJC members on February 19, 2015, at the meeting to suspend Yaneva?

Questions to the Head of the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office Hristo Dinev

Did he have a meeting with Vladimira Yaneva on February 13, 2015? Did he discuss with her investigative actions which concerned her? Did he discuss with her procedural actions of the Appellate Prosecutor’s Office such as requesting documents from the Sofia City Court (SCC)?

Questions to the Chair of the SJC Ethical Committee Yasen Todorov

Did he call Vladimira Yaneva on Tuesday, February 17, 2015? Did he tell Yaneva on the phone or in person that Prime Minister Boyko Borisov had sent to him a trusted person to tell him not to touch her?

Questions to SJC Member Dimitar Uzunov

Did he have any correspondence with Prime Minister Borisov regarding Vladimira Yaneva? Did he deliver messages from the Prime Minister to Yaneva by phone or on Viber? Did he talk to Milka Itova about Yaneva’s case?

Questions to SJC Member Milka Itova

Did she talk with Dimitar Uzunov about Yaneva between February 13 and 17? Did she convey the content of the conversation to Vladimira Yaneva?

Did she meet with Teddy Drenska after Tuesday, February, 17, 2015, and did she discuss with her a meeting of SJC members with Sotir Tsatsarov where Tsatsarov had given instructions to suspend Yaneva? Who are the SJC members who attended the meeting?

Questions to SJC Member Teddy Drenska

Did she notify Vladimira Yaneva by phone about information obtained from Milka Itova on the meeting of SJC members with Sotir Tsatsarov on February, 17, 2015, where Tsatsarov had said that Yaneva should be suspended?

Or as Yaneva says in the recording Yaneva, citing Sotir Tsatsarov – “This is the least that can be done in this situation”. In addition, printouts for the period February 13-19, 2015, from the phones of those involved should be requested as well, along with printouts from Yaneva’s Viber account for the same period, the tapes from the cameras in the courthouse near the office of the Prosecutor General from Friday, February 13, 2015, and printouts from the office phone of the Prosecutor General from February, 18, 2015.


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