The saga of the arrest of former Prime Minister and GERB leader Boyko Borissov spilled over from last week. On Friday evening, 24 hours after the news of his arrest, he was released and hailed by his party's supporters. This led to recriminations between the State Police and the Prosecution
Prime Minister, Internal Ministry argue over Borissov's arrest with the State Prosecution
The two sides have vastly different readings of the arrest. The State Prosecutor's office claims that Thursday's operation was not needed because investigators failed to provide any new proof of Mr Borissov and his fellow party members' culpability regarding the investigation of the Vasil Bozhkov bribery and extortion case.
Internal Minister Boyko Rashkov and Prime Minister Kiril Petkov refuted this and said that the Prosecution is withholding additional evidence, including a new report by the State Finance Inspectorate alleging that former members of the GERB government's actions harmed the state budget. On Monday, the Internal Ministry demanded that the Prosecution charge Mr Borissov with extortion.
Maritime Administration debunks gov't claim of free-floating Ukrainian mines in the Black Sea
After the government warned on Sunday evening of loose Ukrainian naval mines floating off the coast of Odessa into the Black Sea, the State Maritime Administration dispelled such fears. "At the moment there is no immediate danger of sea mines reaching the Bulgarian coast. The direction of the sea currents will take them away from Bulgarian territorial waters in the direction of Istanbul, and further," the director of the Maritime Administration in Burgas Alexander Iliev told Nova TV on Monday. Even if the (unconfirmed) mines float towards Bulgarian shores, they would not arrive before eight or 10 days, Mr Iliev added.
Third line of Sofia's Metro to get three new stations, expand towards Levski district
Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and other officials took part in a ceremony marking the launch of the construction of three more kilometers of the third metro line of the capital linking the districts of Slatina in the South West and Levski in the North East side of town. The extension to the line will have three more stations - Georgi Asparukhov stadium, Trakia and Boulevard Gen. Vladimir Vazov. The three new stations ought to be completed by 2025.