Bulgaria’s Military Court of Appeal on Monday considered the appeal and remanded in custody a Russian and Bulgarian citizen, Galina Ilieva, suspected of spying for Russia. This is stated in the message of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bulgaria, posted on the official website of the organization.
The court accepted the prosecution’s allegations that it was a serious crime committed by a well-organized criminal group operating in a conspiratorial manner and rejected a request to change the measure of restraint “detention” against GI, accused of spying for Russia. “, – it is emphasized in the message.
The Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office emphasizes that the position of the prosecutor’s office was supported by two courts, stating that most of the members of the group of defendants were “professionally trained for intelligence work” as officers of the Bulgarian army and military intelligence.
On March 19, the Bulgarian prosecutor’s office announced that six former and current employees of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense and Military Intelligence had been detained on suspicion of spying for Russia. The briefing presented audio recordings and videos obtained using special tools. According to the prosecutor’s office, they are evidence of illegal actions of detainees. Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev noted that the group was discovered with the help of special services of the European Union and the United States.
On March 22, in connection with a spy scandal, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry declared two Russian diplomats persona non grata. The Russian Embassy in Bulgaria demanded that all speculations in this case be stopped in court, emphasizing that it “considers the decision of the Bulgarian side unfounded.” The embassy expressed confidence that “the trial will be conducted on a depoliticized, impartial and objective basis in strict accordance with the norms of Bulgarian and international law.”