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Bulgaria: Computer Theft Jeopardizes Financial Data

  • Ivo Indzhev

Sofia, 10 November 1997 (RFE/RL) - Seven computers with vital financial and economic information about Sofia were stolen over the weekend.

A top Sofia city official, Venceslav Nikolov, today said the missing information, including all data on the city budget, could be used by criminals to undermine the Bulgarian capital's privatization program. Other electronic equipment was also stolen.

Crime will be the focus of a nationwide broadcast tonight, featuring an interview with President Petar Stoyanov. Our correspondent reports that Stoyanov, in the interview, labels crime Bulgaria's number one problem. And, Stoyanov calls on General Prosecutor Ivan Tatartchev and Interior Minister Bogomil Bonev to put aside personal differences, and unify efforts against crime-fighting.

Bonev has asserted that top prosecutors and judges have been corrupted by organized crime. Tatartchev says Bonev has launched a populist, unsubstantiated campaign against prosecutors and judges.