29 April 2021

Position of the leadership of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria in connection with the protest actions of prosecutors, investigators and judicial servants

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The leadership of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria supports the protest of prosecutors, investigators and judicial servants throughout the country. Like any Bulgarian citizen, especially we are obliged to react when there is unacceptable political pressure on the independent judiciary and violation of the principle of separation of powers. These are some of fundamental values on which the European Union and any democratic state are built.

We believe that the attempts to destroy the most effective and efficient structures for fighting organized crime, corruption and crimes under Chapter I of the Penal Code (mainly espionage and terrorism) through urgent lobbying "legislation" are not in the interest of Bulgarian citizens and society. The ideas for removing the Prosecution from the judiciary and restoring the so-called Zhivkov Constitution of 1971 can only serve the interests of accused and defendants with serious financial resources acquired in a criminal way, and probably also foreign national interests.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria will notify the European institutions about the danger of violating the rule of law in the Republic of Bulgaria and the real threat of erasing the progress made by our country in the field of justice and home affairs.