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Bulgaria's former PM Boyko Borissov arrested

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Bulgaria's former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov seen in the back seat of a police car as he has been detained in Bankya, in the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria, Thursday, March 1
Bulgaria's former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov seen in the back seat of a police car as he has been detained in Bankya, in the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria, Thursday, March 1   -   Copyright  Credit: AP

Bulgaria’s former prime minister Boyko Borissov was arrested on Thursday, the interior ministry saying he had been taken into custody for 24 hours. He was freed the following day after prosecutors failed to find sufficient evidence against him:read our updated story here.

“A large-scale law enforcement operation is underway in connection with 120 cases of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office in Bulgaria,” the press release from Bulgaria's interior ministry read.

Borissov, the leader of political party GERB and Bulgaria's PM as recently as 2021, was arrested late on Thursday in Sofia. Also detained were his media adviser Sevdalina Arnaudova, former financial minister Vladislav Goranov and Menda Stoyanova, former chairman of the parliament's budget commission.

Borissov was taken from his house in Bankya district and is now in police custody, according to the former Prime Minister's lawyer, Menko Menkov.

Menkov said that Borissov did not know why he was arrested.

"Nobody knows what kind of police officers they are. They have no explanation, they come and start an urgent search. What are these urgent searches?" the lawyer stressed.

This story originally published on Thursday has been updated.