On the same day, Dilyan Georgiev was searched and detained, and a search was carried out at Toni Ivanov’s home by prosecutors of the former Specialized Prosecutor’s Office and investigators from StSlS, BIRD.BG learned. The common thing between the two is that they have assisted a witness to testify before a foreign service against Delyan Peevski, Petyo Euro and Delta Guard (a company of Mitko Karatesta).
Currently, Toni Ivanov is abroad and Dilyan Georgiev has a police detention order for 24 hours. The two are being investigated in two separate pre-trial proceedings, which at least formally have no connection with each other. However, the actions against them from March 7, 2023 bear all the hallmarks of a punitive operation to intimidate.
Both actions of the prosecutor’s office passed without being allowed to visit the searches lawyers of the affected persons. An eyewitness to Georgiev’s arrest at his home in the capital’s Dianabat district claims that documents, money and drugs were planted there during the search. A lawyer representing Tony Ivanov insisted on attending the procedural actions in the house where he lives for rent on Tsarigradsko shose Str. Old Belovodski road in kv. Boyana, but she was refused.
The actions of the investigators were carried out in the conditions of serious procedural violations, which casts doubt on the hypothesis that they aim for a long-term result. According to information from BIRD.BG, confirmed by various sources, Toni Ivanov and Dilyan Georgiev have assisted a witness to travel abroad and testify before a foreign office, implicating Petyo Evto, Delyan Peevski and Dimitar Spasov, former owner of Delta Guard, in crimes.
Who is Peevski’s “blackmailer”?
In 2019, the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office detained Dilyan Georgiev and Romanian citizen Dorin Iordache on charges of blackmailing Delyan Peevski and Ahmed Dogan with a report by the French services on their involvement in cigarette smuggling and financing terrorist organizations. For 12 million euros, they proposed the report not to be sent to the European institutions and the names of politicians to be deleted. 10 million euros should have gone to a “French prosecutor” investigating the smuggling, and two million to the “blackmailers,” Bivol writes, who first reported on the affair.
The prosecutor in the case was Evgenia Stankova, famous for the “terrorist sprinklers” in front of parliament in the case “NAPLeeks”, and the chief witness of the prosecution turned out to be Ivan Petleshkov.
Petleshkov appears as a central figure in a reference to unregulated connections of senior police officers with drug lord Christoforos Amanatidis – Taki. According to the author of the report published by the BIRD.BG, Petleshkov paid an expensive holiday in Cuba to the head of the Homicide Department in the GDNP, Mikhail Naumov, who in turn passed through him to Taki information from the SSD and put an umbrella over the investigations related to the crime boss.
The detention of Georgiev and Iordache ended quietly with an agreement with the prosecutor’s office. The third defendant in this case is a Romanian businessman with French citizenship Ovidiu Semenescu, who is abroad and has a European Arrest Warrant issued against him.
You want a lawyer? Then, after we searched…
An eyewitness to the actions of the Ministry of Interior in the home of Dilyan Georgiev says that the operatives first asked if there were cameras in the apartment.
“I was in the other room, he opened. They knocked him to the ground, handcuffed him and asked me if we had cameras in the apartment. When we said we didn’t, they said, “Leave your things.” They began to search the whole apartment and quite accidentally after an hour and a half – two next to the sofa they found a bag. It wasn’t even hidden. About 50,000 euros and drugs were found inside. As well as some notes.”
Is there any clarity on whose handwriting the notes are?
They’re written on a computer, and Dilyan doesn’t even have a computer. They seized 3 laptops, but they are mine, old and do not work. I told them: it has never worked on a computer and I do not believe it will ever work at all. They also found in the bag two flash drives, wrapped in sheets caught with elastics. On one was written Mitko, on the other Dimitar S and that the Americans were behind him. In the lists they found in the money, chaotically were written names in Bulgarian and English – Dorin and Tony Perfume. It was written about Belgrade that there is funding for the cause, Kasketa, so, so … that for the moment no radical methods will be used…
Did you call a lawyer?
No, they said that lawyer then searched. I tried to find a lawyer and they said “stop, when we’re done, you’ll search.”
And what is this bag?
Tossed, he never held such things.
Where did they find the drugs?
With the money and flash drives, in the bag. In plastic bottles of multivitamins. And I’ve never seen this guy use such things…
Who is Tony Ivanov?
Toni Ivanov Ivanov is a construction entrepreneur from Varna, who is said to be close to “We continue the Change”. In July 2022, he was detained by the SDVR for disobedience after failing to stop at a signal with a police stop baton in the area of Tsarigradsko shose Blvd. Bulgaria. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Ivanov was driving with an expired license, and a blue light and two radio stations were found in the car. Ivanov’s lawyer denied the information about the blue lamp and radio stations, citing the minutes of the search.
Toni Ivanov rents in a house in Boyana, which is owned by the mother of the famous Mila Georgieva, accused in Romania of stealing 26 million euros of money to feed the socially disadvantaged, together with Ivan Tanev – the Universal. An investigation by Bivol and its Romanian partner Rise Romania, published in OCCRP, showed that part of the money had returned to Bulgaria and was laundered in luxury acquisitions and trips, real estate and the acquisition of a pellet factory.
Unlike Romania, in Bulgaria Mila Georgieva and her accomplices are not even pre-trial proceedings. That is why the information about procedural actions on her property aroused interest and our reporter visited the property and documented the massive police presence. Attendees refused information about what was happening, and operatives even put on hoods. A gray bus was also on the spot, detected on other shares of the already disbanded Specialized Prosecutor’s Office.
It turned out that the actions of the prosecution there are not related to Georgieva and the Romanian affair, but to a completely different person – the tenant of the property Tony Ivanov.
BIRD contacted him by phone:
Mr. Ivanov, do you live in the house in Boyana, which is currently being searched by the prosecutor’s office?
I live in this house, I have a lease. I am not in Bulgaria at the moment and I cannot understand how someone is allowed to enter without the permission of the owner or the person who rents the house and separately a lawyer is not allowed to go inside. So, 20 days ago there was again a “criminal action” in which the whole house was searched, maybe 30 people went inside.
What do you think is the reason? Have you been summoned? Have you been charged?
The deep reasons for the harassment of me are rooted in the problems that the clique is yet to have, the shadowy behind-the-scenes clique that manages criminal actions and I am ready to take responsibility for everything I say, but let the time come. I want to see what they’re going to make up of this story now.
Specific names? Does this have anything to do with Delyan Peevski? With Petyo the euro?
So, it is definitely related to Petyo the Euro, categorically. Since last week I had information that among a subordinate of mine, who is the head of his security, his name is M.S., who was the head of a service, it is well known. And we have a guy who’s willing to testify, against that guy who walked and talked and pushed to get hit in a specific way the second time in a month. So, I am a winner of “Building of the Year”, at the moment my company is not functioning, but always the things I do have been within the normal business, I have never taken orders for anything.
Is your lawyer on site right now?
My lawyer is not allowed inside. I’m 100% sure that something is going to happen right now.
So you have doubts?
I have no doubts, 99.9% I am sure, given that I took everything out of the house some time ago, when I realized that something was going to happen, I took my things out of the house and maybe only their things remained, which they will probably leave now or left them the last time they ordered the match how to cut my head off.
Do you have a relationship with Mila Georgieva?
My only relationship is this house I have a lease for. The only ones, a point on the matter and nothing more. Yes, of course, I know her. Lovely woman. I’ve seen her, I’ve heard her, we’ve talked.
And Ivan Tanev – Do you know the universal?
I don’t know anyone like that and I haven’t seen him.
That is, this action is not against Mila Georgiev in the case, which is publicly known?
I can’t tell you. I don’t know if she’s against Mila Georgieva or not. But he’s definitely against me when they come home. And how many people put in to fabricate some fictional action.
We saw that there were a lot of people there. Hooded.
What do they do with hoods? I can’t understand. Last week I got a call from the Sixth Police Precinct, Klisurski is saying whether I will not give biometric data, because the court has ordered. However, I gave biometrics the previous week so that something would not be made up for me again. And he calls me to ask if I’m going to give biometrics that I’ve already given. He couldn’t help but know that I had gone a week before and given. I have big concerns, big concerns that at the moment, if they go to download something, in the house, they will take advantage of the biometrics I gave last week and impose it to get some fingerprints. I’ve taken everything out of the house, we’ll see what they say I left myself. A very interesting question that I am looking forward to.
Are you not in Bulgaria?
I’m not, and I don’t plan to go home anytime soon. Until the cabal gets out of this country or takes responsibility for all the outrages it has done to many people, I have no intention of going home. I want to see what happens from now on. I have a lot to say, very interesting, for the whole country, but I will share it… Let’s take a look at the events of that night. I’m not afraid of anything. I’m absolutely not afraid of anything.
Lawyer: I wasn’t allowed in the search. They brought in a big shopping bag.
BIRD also contacted Adv. Hristova, who represents Tony Ivanov and appeared on the spot at 11 am with a power of attorney from her client.
“There were probably 20 people, two buses, police cars at the door, another van arrived in an hour. There was a bus of the GDNP, of the National Investigation Service. Two investigating officers did not allow me, although I had a power of attorney to represent the client, they said they would not allow me. They called the phones, came back, apparently I had the discomfort to “do their job” in quotation marks. In the end, they wouldn’t let me in. I stayed there for over two hours. A lot of people came into the house. They said they were faces. There are, in principle, two people. And they came in two investigating officers, then four or five more. There were forensic scientists they told me because I asked who these people were. I asked what would be done in an empty house when I represented the client I wanted to see what they were going to do, but they said they had investigative actions. I asked what. They didn’t answer.”
And they have to let you in?
Of course, if we quote the PPC, I explained to them that for the first time somewhere they do not allow me. Absolute arbitrariness, given that he is not there, but a person comes with a power of attorney that represents him, at least this person must be allowed to see what is being done there.
How did they get in? Did they break the door?
No, no, they didn’t break the door.
And who unlocked?
Open your owner. With a key.
Mila Georgieva or her mother?
Mila Georgieva herself was there?
Yes. She opened it. He came from outside. Open and go in together. But they wouldn’t let me in.
You know Mila Georgieva? Low, blonde lady?
Yeah, just like you described it. To say what impressed me when one of the faces came in was carrying a huge bag, of these, the big shopping bags, you know? It was full of things. I was surprised: You are doing a search, a seizure, what are you doing? There was something like brown paper, I can’t say exactly, they went inside with this thing. I don’t know what they’re doing. The house is absolutely empty.
Silence from the institutions
The large number of prosecutors, investigators and criminologists, the inclusion of the National Assembly and the CDNP speak of large-scale and planned actions. So far, official communication from the institutions is missing. The press office of the Ministry of Interior was not even aware of the situation and asked us to send them written questions.
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