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Ex-Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov detained after EU probes

Boyko Borissov, the former prime minister of Bulgaria, was detained late Thursday as part of a police investigation linked to probes by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the Interior Ministry, former Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov, former chair of the parliamentary budgetary commission Menda Stoyanova and Borissov’s media adviser Sevdalina Arnaudova were also detained, Reuters reported.

“A large-scale operation is underway in connection with 120 cases of the European Prosecutor’s Office in Bulgaria. Searches and seizures are carried out at many addresses. Boyko Borisov, Vladislav Goranov, Menda Stoyanova and Sevdalina Arnaudova are currently detained,” the ministry said.

“There is no one above the law,” current Prime Minister Kiril Petkov wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.

Borissov’s lawyer Menko Menkov told reporters the former prime minister “has not been charged for the time being. The police have carried out a search at his home. He has been taken to the headquarters of the national police where he most likely will be detained for 24 hours.”

Borissov, who dominated Bulgaria’s politics for more than a decade, was forced out of power in April last year amid a rule-of-law crisis.

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