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Legal Committee Defers Discussions on Mechanism to Investigate Prosecutor General

Late on Wednesday, the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee deferred discussions on six bills providing for amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and the Judicial System Act, as well as including a proposed introduction of a mechanism for investigating the Prosecutor General and his/her deputies. The debates and the voting on first reading were put off for next Wenesday.
The motion was carried by Legal Affairs Committee Chair Radomir Cholakov of GERB and was supported by 16 MPs, while six voted against. The meeting began at 3:00 p.m. and continued until nearly 9:00 p.m., during which time the members heard the opinions of institutions and NGOs on the bills.
Cholakov supported his motion with the argument that it would be better to establish a working group that would consider the questions raised over the day’s debate, as well as that the Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev [who is currently on a visit to Turkiye] has explicitly requested to heard by the MPs. He denied any intentions of delaying the process whatsoever and stressed that the day’s session would have become too long.
MPs Milen Mateev and Miroslav Ivanov of Continue the Change, as well as Nadezhda Yordanova of Democratic Bulgaria spoke against GERB’s motion, arguing that the prosecution had already been heard over the day in the face of the Prosecutor General’s deputies and that his position could be submitted in written form.
MP Petar Petrov of Vazrazhdane supported the motion for deferral on grounds that he wanted to better acquaint himself with the numerous opinions presen6ted over the day.