Is Hristo Atanassov, Libertas Bulgaria's chairman pictured above actually Hristo Atanassov Kovachki, seen below on trial in Sofia last year?
If so and it seems very likely, given that they look the same bar a little facial hair and a head crop, then Hristo Atanassov Kovachki has a colouful past.He is on bail awaiting trail on organised crime charges in Sofia. He likes to change his image the below is from the Orgnaised crime and Corruption website.
This is very interesting stuff as Declan ganley set up his first sucessful legit enterprise in Bulgaria after the collapse of the Anglo Adriatic Investment Fund. Kosta Trebicka who worked for Ganley , a fact ganley first denied to RTEs Primetime was murdered in Sept 2008 after he started cooperating with federal Authorities. What always struck me a funny was that when Libertas first tried to address issues raised by Trebicka's death they published a page that stated that Trebicka died in eastern Bulgaria.
Who is Kosta Trebicka?
Kosta Trebicka died tragically on 9th September 2008 while driving his off-road vehicle over mountainous terrain in Eastern Bulgaria.
However international media had clearly reported his death as occuring in Albania.
Georgi Stoev was murdered in Bulagaria last year when he had written too much about Hristo Atanassov associates. This led the EU to withhold funds from Bulgaia because of organised crime.
Businessman Hristo Kovachki convicted of grave crimes
Sofia Prosecutor's office has summoned as a defendant Hristo Atanassov Kovachki for abuses in extremely high amount and crime cooperation with another person with the purpose of gaining estate benefit, announced representatives of the prosecutor's office press centre.
Hristo Kovachki is on bail in the amount of 300 000 leva (€150 000).
The investigation procedures are being held under the guidance of the Prosecutor's office in accordance with directorate "Combating of organized crime" at Genereal Directorate "Criminal Police".
Until the moment 17 site searches and confiscations have been performed.
Dessislava Filipova, Kovachki personal PR, announced for news.bg that the businessman was in the building of the former GDBOP (now directorate "Combating of organized crime", where he has been interrogated for 15 minutes.
"It was held in good manners", says Filipova.
In her words, all necessary information will be given to the interrogation.
"It's in our interest, that a clear results investigation is held", says Filipova in conclusion.
|Written by OCCRP|
|Tuesday, 02 September 2008|
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The European Union’s (EU) dramatic action in suspending aid to
The commission’s first monitoring report in late June 2007 concluded that the Bulgarian government was committed to judicial reform and to combating corruption and organized crime. However, it noted weakness in translating these intentions into concrete results.
A second report last February concluded that while Bulgarians were trying to bring about judicial reform and was fighting corruption at its borders, more had to be done about corruption within local government. It also called for action against high-level corruption.
The latest report found few results to demonstrate that new institutions and procedures established had accomplished anything. And it pointed to disturbing connections between organized crime and top officials in the country.
On April 7, Georgi Stoev, variously described as a writer, a former gangster or as a chronicler of the criminals, was fatally shot just meters from the city’s busiest boulevard in front of hundreds of witnesses. He died in a hospital some hours later.
These two murders overlapped with a major scandal in the Interior Ministry of Rumen Petkov, a leading Socialist Party member and one of the faces of the ruling coalition.
The ministry had long insisted it was waging a determined battle with criminal groups and corrupt officials. But its squeaky-clean image was shattered when Atanas Atanasov, a deputy in parliament, revealed recorded conversations from a CD he found in his post box at parliament in March. These conversations showed that Ivan Ivanov, deputy director of the ministry’s Unit for Fighting Organized Crime, warning alcohol producers about planned police actions against them over unpaid tax.
Ivanov was arrested and an investigation started, but Petkov, who had hired him, insisted there was no need for him to resign.
Then Vanio Tanov, the former chief of the organized crime unit, revealed that in December 2006 the minister had met with Angel Hristov and Plamen Galev, two businessmen then under police investigation.
Petkov did not deny the businessmen’s shady image, nor that he had met them. But he maintained that he was negotiating in order to avoid their collision with other criminal groups and the creation of a negative image of
In late March the minister told the Parliamentary Commission for National Security that he did not feel guilty about the meeting, although he had not told Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev about it. Stanishev as well as President Georgi Paravanov supported him.
But his career could not survive the murders of Georgiev and Stoev. They were the latest of more than 150 people killed over the past five years – and for which no one has been imprisoned.
But on July 9, a year ago, citizens got proof of how entrenched organized crime has become in the country. On that day, the Municipal Court of Sofia postponed yet again the sentencing of brothers Krasimir and Nikolay Marinovi.
“It’s not true that the Internal Ministry didn’t uncover killing – there are more than 20 resolved cases, but there is need of more efforts, especially in the cases with bigger public interest like that of the banker Emil Kulev and some others,” he said in July 2007.
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