Investigator in Notorious “Zlatanov Notebook” Case Has Also Seized CCB Notebooks?

Rosa Tsareva – special investigator of “Petio the Euro” in emblematic cases

Notebooks with lists of visitors to the headquarters of the collapsed private lender Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) and of those personally visiting CCB majority shareholder, Tsvetan Vasilev that leaked to the media, have been seized by the prosecution, while investigator Rosa Tsareva has been part of the investigation. Bivol confirmed this information from two independent sources from the Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigator Tsaneva, who visited the company Fina S, is recorded in the CCB gatekeeper’s notebook on June 13, 2014. On this same day, the building on 159 “Tsar Boris III” street in Sofia was besieged by prosecutors and investigators who raided companies related to Tsvetan Vasilev.

However, an investigator named Tsaneva does not work in the Bulgarian investigation services. According to our sources, this is a trivial error and the investigator, who entered the building, was precisely Rosa Tsareva.

Subsequently, a new notebook was opened on the same day, and in it the name of the investigator was deleted, a comparison between Part 3 and Part 4 of the leaked documents showed.

To date, there is no official response from the prosecution to the questions sent by Bivol on Friday. We asked whether the notebooks were seized, whether they qualify as material evidence and whether Rosa Tsareva attended the raids of companies related to Tsvetan Vasilev.

Investigator Rosa Tsareva works under the supervision of investigator Iliyana Kirilova in a department of the Sofia Investigation Services, whose Head, until recently, was Petar Petrov nicknamed Petio the Euro. Currently, Kirilova informally oversees the “legacy” cases of the Euro.

Rosa Tsareva has been also dealing with the missing notebooks of the former Chair of the Commission on Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest (CPACI) Filip Zlatanov*. This emerged from words of Court expert Valeri Kostadinov before the public TV BNT. It is still unclear why Tsareva has given Zlatanov’s notebooks to an external expert instead of using the resources of the Research Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology (RIFSC).

Some time ago, Menko Menkov, attorney of former Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, voiced outrage in public that one same investigator – Rosa Tsareva – is dealing with several high-profile cases in the country – those of Tsvetanov, of energy mogul Bogomil Manchev and of the former Chief of the Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP), Stanimir Florov. He expressed doubt in the random selection of the investigators in the Sofia Investigation Services.

*In July 2013, Filip Zlatanov was charged by the prosecution with malfeasance in office after an “intriguing notebook” was seized from his desk. The notebook contained written instructions about a number of cases such as “to strike, to postpone, to delay, and to conceal”. It also made it evident that Zlatanov complied with the instructions. The people mentioned in the notebook included Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. There were also numerous initials believed to be of leading figures in the then (and now) ruling center-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB). All of them vehemently denied any involvement. Zlatanov also adamantly denied he received instructions for his work, saying these were his own notes with ideas about how to proceed and that he forgot who the people behind the initials were. In April 2014, the Sofia City Court sentenced him to three-and-a-half years in prison and he is appealing the sentence.


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