December 3, 2010
This is not a joke, it’s a journalistic scoop.
Colleagues from two media, the weekly “168 chasa” and the bTV channel, have sent invitations to 38 members of the Bulgarian parliament, chosen at random, across all party groups.
The MPs were invited to the official opening of a new luxury store named Klaus Barbie. Yes, the ‘Butcher of Lyon’.
(Is Klaus Barbie known in Bulgaria? I think he is, by most people who read newspapers and watch television.)
In the case that they would honour the event, the MPs were promised to receive as a present a Vertu GSM, which is sold at the price of 3000 euros, the letter indicates.
The event was staged to coincide with an important debate in Parliament.
Nevertheless, 16 MPs from all political groups except the centre right Blue Coalition turned out at the event, most of them with chauffeur-driven Parliament limousines.
After sitting idle in front of what appeared to be a powerpoint presentations, journalists came and told MPs they had been trapped.
Then the MPs lashed at the journalists and threatened to bring them to justice.
“I don’t feel guilty. You have no right to follow me where I’m going. The competent authorities should be dealing with you,” said Lachezar Ivanov, leading MP from the ruling party GERB.
The list of MPs attending are:
GERB: Lachezar Ivanov, Emil Gushterov, Evgeni Stoev, Ivaylo Toshev, Genoveva Alexieva, Svetoslav Tonchev, Aleksandar Stoykov, Diyan Chervenkondev.
ATAKA: Kiril Gumnerov.
Movement of Rights and Freedoms: Mithat Metin, Erdogan Ahmedov, Petya Raeva.
Law, Order and Justice: Biserka Petrova, Darin Matov.
Bulgarian Socialist Party: Rumen Takorov.
Independent MP: Dimitar Chukarski.Georgi Gotev