Мотивите към присъдата на прокурора от ВКП Ангел Дончев осъден на три години условно за принуда. Мотивите са засекретени от съда, защото съдържат класифицирана информация – данни от специални разузнавателни средства. От мотивите става ясно, че Ангел Дончев е член на масонска ложа, включваща бизнесмени, магистрати и адвокати.
The motives for the verdict of the prosecutor from the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassations, Angel Donchev, who received a three-year suspended sentence for coercion. The motives are classified by the Court on grounds they contain classified information – data taken from special surveillance devices. From these motives, it becomes clear that Donchev is a member of a Freemason Lodge, along with a number of businessmen, magistrates, and lawyers.
“Membership of secret societies such as freemasonry can raise suspicions of a lack of impartiality or objectivity. It is therefore important the public know the facts. I think it is the case that the freemasons said they are not a secret society but a society with secrets. I think it is widely accepted that one secret they should not be keeping is who their members are in the criminal justice system.” – Home Secretary Jack Straw, 1997 Home Affairs Committee England
A Tale with Freemason-Mafia Aftertaste and Our Homebred Prosecution
The Christmas party of the Prosecutor’s Office on December 19, 2007 will be remembered with the admission of Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev that he had some “very unpleasant news” – on this very same day the Prosecutor from the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassations, Angel Donchev, has been arrested for blackmailing a colleague. Several months later, the noise surrounding the case subsided, while four years later, Alexey Trifonov, magistrate from the Sofia City Court, issued a 3-year suspended sentence for Donchev with his motives being kept secret over the use of special surveillance devices.
Trifonov’s motives, however, saw daylight in the beginning of September thanks to the site for investigative journalism www.bivol.bg. And they give the case some way more unpleasant appearance because they reveal the interdependencies on all levels of the State. Angel Donchev and Emil Milev were members of a Masonic Lodge, whose Grand Master is a friend and a classmate of then Interior Minister, Rumen Petkov.
Petkov’s name pops up in connection with the money asked through the blackmail, while Velchev called meetings in his office to plan how to react to the difficult situation. Now Culture Minister, Vezhdi Rashidov, and attorney, Georgi Gatev, a member of the Supreme Judicial Council, appeared to the rescue of Prosecutor Emil Milev.
The explanations in the case begin with a 10-year-old Freemason story, based on the friendship between high-ranking Prosecutor, Angel Donchev, and the Regional Prosecutor in the town of Slivnitsa, Emil Milev. The friendship ended when berets from the Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime (GDBOP) stormed in the Easy Club establishment is Sofia and busted Donchev with EUR 20 000 in marked bills, withdrawn one day earlier from the Central Bank, BNB.
The lifting of the curtain on events before the arrest, however, revealed one of the “friendly circles” at the Prosecutor’s Office, which are launched every time an investigation needs to be compromised or someone must be blackmailed.
Before his case began, Emil Milev was widely known as an individual with huge, but unexplainable wealth. His problems with his friend Donchev arose after the latter warned him that he has been targeted and there were negative attitudes against him at the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassations VKP.
The first one to warn Emil Milev about a probe of his assets was the VKP Prosecutor, Ventsislav Andreev, but later Donchev fully took over the initiative.
Milev told the Court that initially he had not been at all nervous over his conviction the authorities could not find anything against him.
In November 2007, Emil Milev was scheduled to attend an anniversary celebration of the mentioned above Masonic Lodge, to be held in Blagoevgrad. While on the road, he received a call from a mutual friend he had with Donchev, insisting on an emergency meeting. The friend was Danio Klinkov, partner of the businessman from Kyustendil, Alexander Tasev, who was gunned down in 2007.
The two met at a gas station near Blagoevgrad where Klinkov gave Milev a message from Prosecutor, Angel Donchev, informing “things around him were turning serious.” From the message Milev learned that the probe against him was already at the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, not at the City one, where it had been until then. In addition, the probe was transformed into an investigation of possible ties of Milev with top crime boss Zlatomir Ivanov AKA Baretata (The Barret). Klinkov told Milev that he had been followed by the police and that it would be inappropriate to show up at a Freemasons meeting where “powerful people” would gather and his presence could “harm their image.”
Emil Milev was adamant in refusing to comply and attended the meeting nevertheless. While in Blagoevgrad, he asked for assistance another mutual friend he had with Donchev, attorney Toshko Tenev (a former investigator), who committed to talk to Donchev and learn what exactly was going on.
The warning Milev received coincided with the probe against him. Indeed, at the end of November, Supreme Prosecutor, Magdalen Marinov, who headed the probe, ordered additional actions regarding Milev and his wife. Milev had further been checked for a taped phone conversation with businessman Yordan Milanov AKA Dundee.
The tape revealed that Dundee had asked Milev if it was possible to dismiss a 9-year prison sentence of Mihail Peshev. During that time the businessman had been a candidate of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, to run for mayor of the Sofia Vrabnitsa district and told Milev he needed Peshev, who, as a Roma ringleader, would help him in vote buying. However, according to the wiretap, Milev only advised Dundee to hire a lawyer for Peshev.
After the meeting in Blagoevgrad, Donchev, once again, made a connection with Emil Milev and explained to him that he had to be arrested two days earlier, but Rumen Petkov, personally sent the berets back. This was due to the crucial role played by Donchev and the Grand Master of the Lodge, Petio Penkov. Rumen Petkov had also been a member of the Lodge, and was a close friend of Penkov since school in their native city of Pleven. “These bastards are so greedy that they are asking for euro 20 000,” Donchev said.
Donchev told Mitev that if he refused to pay the money he “would not see daylight again”; the berets would “bust his ass”; “thing were not looking good,” and “illegal drugs could be planted on him” as it happened in the case of late Prosecutor, Nikolay Kolev.
“Listen boy, this money will cost you dearly if you refuse to give it,” Donchev said per Milev’s Court testimony. One more meeting between the two followed, again with threats that it had been extremely hard to convince Rumen Petkov to not go ahead with the arrests. After this meeting, Milev purchased a wiretapping device, but the recordings were not allowed in Court as evidence.
At the New Year’s party of the Lodge, Donchev had spoken again about grave consequences after Milev had asked for an extension. Donchev told him that such money “could not be made in two months,” and gave him a week-long ultimatum, otherwise “all hell would break loose.” Witness testimony revealed that at that time Milev already had harbored doubts Donchev spoke on behalf of Rumen Petkov and suspected blackmail on the part of VKP prosecutors.
A now-frightened Milev sought assistance from Vezhdi Rashidov with whom they were neighbors. The current Culture Minister offered to secure a meeting with the Chief Prosecutor, but after failing to get in touch with the latter, Rashidov called Georgi Gatev from the Supreme Judicial Council. Gatev, on his part, called Magdalen Marinov from VKP, who was monitoring the case. Later, Ivan Petrov, (former Sofia Appellate Prosecutor, who resigned over the notorious corruption scandal known as “Krasio”) joined the effort to find Velchev, and was successful in convincing the Chief Prosecutor to meet with Milev and listen to his tapes. Velchev then called Rumen Petkov, who burst in anger, asking if anyone would believe he “had been maintaining such contacts.” In the following probe, Milev and Donchev were wiretapped and the arrest with the marked bills came as a logical consequence.
Despite the sentence against Donchev, the Prosecutor’s Office is yet to clarify the issue with Milev’s unexplained wealth or if Milev and Rumen Petkov knew each other.
The case with the two Freemasons and friends from the Prosecutor’s Office reveals only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to secret interdependencies of magistrates.
The issue was first raised by Ombudsman, Konstantin Penchev, when he was still Chair of the Supreme Administrative Court, who stated that in the last 20 years people from the judicial system had been hired and fired by certain circles sitting around “white tablecloths.”
In 2010, the Association of Bulgarian Judges proposed a mandate to declare membership in organizations such as Freemason Lodges, which was approved by the Justice Ministry, only to be later rejected by the Parliament without debates.
The truth of the matter is that the public has no idea about the belonging of Members of the Parliament and other officials to different Masonic Lodges and to other secret organizations, which profess that loyalty and commitment to the “Brothers” from the Lodge, take priority over everything else.