Bulgarian PM denies links to suspected money-laundering scheme in Barcelona

epa08231174 Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov arrives for a Special European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 20 February 2020. EU heads of state or government gather for a special meeting to discuss the EU?s long-term budget for 2021-2027. EPA-EFE/JULIEN WARNAND / POOL

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has denied links to a suspected money-laundering scheme based in Barcelona. He issued the denial after a Barcelona-based newspaper published a front-page report on Friday claiming he and other senior officials in Sofia might be linked to another Bulgarian citizen in Spain suspected of laundering millions of euros through the city.

El Periodico newspaper said it had seen police records detailing the suspected money laundering scheme which “is currently being carefully investigated” by Spanish anti-corruption prosecutors.

It said that EMA BG company had received millions of euros in suspicious transactions from non-Spanish nationals in recent years. The newspaper said the company had received a total of five million euros from individuals living outside Spain since 2013.

The company, however, did not comment on such claims by the time of publication.

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