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Bulgaria: Prosecutor Confirms Bugging Of Opposition Headquarters

Sofia, 19 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - A Bulgarian military prosecutor says today there is evidence that the headquarters of the Union of Democratic forces (UDF), Bulgaria's main opposition force, had been bugged.

Lieutenant-Colonel Velyo Velev told RFE/RL a preliminary investigation has been opened. The fact that military prosecutors are dealing with the case seems to support earlier public accusations that the spying on the opposition coalition was organized by the Interior ministry security services.

Our correspondent says the government of Prime Minister Zhan Videnov seems to be reacting nervously to the military prosecutor's decision. Interior Deputy Minister Ivan Boyadjiev met with military prosecutors investigating the case. Information about existing evidence was not released.

This latest disclosure just adds troubles for the Socialist government, which is under strong attack for its management of the country's severe economic and financial crisis. An extraordinary congress of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, opening tomorrow in Sofia, is expected to discuss government policy and cabinet changes.