Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Bulgarian Presidency building this Thursday to demonstrate their support for head of state Rumen Radev after a raid on his offices, the Dnevnik newspaper said.
Although the raid ordered by the prosecutor and carried out by the Bulgarian police did not target the president himself, but several people whom the president trusted, the incident has caused controversy in the country where many have what happened as a violation against view the constitution.
Radev, whose role is largely symbolic, was a passionate critic of the Attorney General Ivan Geshev, whom he accused of being a gangster. The Bulgarian national radio station said the raid resulted in two detainees: the President’s detained security and defense adviser, Iliya Milushev, and the anti-corruption secretary, Plamen Uzunov. Both were arrested as part of an investigation into the influence of peddling.
The president, meanwhile, enjoys immunity from investigations or charges, a matter Geshev is trying to change before the Constitutional Court. This has caused Geshev and his predecessors to face violent criticism for allegedly emphasizing certain cases and ignoring others.