The Court of Sofia votes for a lower bail on the Zhivko Martinov case.

After the State Attorney's office had decided on a 45 000 BGN (23 000 Euro) bail on the Zhivko Martinov case, the Court of Sofia lowered the amount to only 20 000 BGN (10 230 Euro). The reasons for the decision are still to be announced. 

Last week the State Attorney's office announced Zhivko Martinov as a person of interest. His arrest wasn't required, but a bail was announced, and if it was not paid within 10 days he would have been arrested. The inital bail was the same as the equivalent of the price of the foods in the infamous "Sausagegate" scandal. 

The so called "Sausagegate" was first brought into the media mid-july. It immediately caught the public's eye. Allegedly MP Zhivko Martinov (GERB) from Dobrich, Bulgaria threatened a factory-holder and pressured him into giving away 4 tons of salami, beef jerky, sausages and deer fillet, all while insisting that the goods were for the Prime Minister himself. 

After the story surfaced leader of GERB - PM Borisov acted quickly and fired the entire GERB-Office in Dobrich. He justified his doings with the argument, that it is impossible for no one to have known about Martinov's criminal activities, which means that everybody is, to a certain extent, involved. Martinov has been accused of six crimes, including recketeering, death threats and threats from authority. The State Attorney's office also believes that back in 2014 Martinov tried to influence an ongoing investigation of a man, guilty of murder by accident. 

If the trial enters court and the accusations pass Martinov is facing up to 15 years in prison. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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