Friday, April 1, 2011

In Bulgaria, mysterious death of a businessman at the heart of a political scandal

He was only 47 years. An early age to die of a heart attack. Mihail Mihov, said, "Misho beer", was found dead Wednesday, March 30, in a hotel room in Pravets, near Sofia. Chairman of the Bulgarian basketball, he was best known for its entrepreneurial activities. That as owner of the brewery Ledenika that his name has arisen in the heart of a major political scandal in early January.

Mihail Mihov was one of the main protagonists in a case of plays that shook the political establishment to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. The opposition weekly Galeria, very close to the businessman Alexei Petrov sulfur, published in several issues the content of telephone conversations involving senior government officials including the head of the Customs Agency, Vanio Tanov and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov.

There appeared that the Prime Minister had protected the brewery of Mr. Mihov cons operation of the Tax Police. For that, he asked Vanio Tanov withdraw its factory workers. Questioned by Le Monde (in its edition dated February 12, 2011), Boyko Borissov explained that the search was without any legal basis.

The production license of the brewery had been revoked in February 2010 by the Customs Agency, before being restored in the summer by the Supreme Administrative Court in Sofia. The body of "Micho beer" was found by a maid. He arrived in this hotel the night before and had Pravets normally dined in the restaurant of the hotel.

An autopsy should be performed. Curiously, the Federation of Bulgarian basketball who said in a statement that the cause of death was a heart attack. No trace of violence was found. Speculation on the mysterious death did not take long in the political class. While the news spread like wildfire in Bulgaria, the Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, was questioned by reporters about it.

"Why are you asking me this? What am I supposed to do?" he retorted. Piotr Smolar

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