Dogan Attacker Faces Hooliganism, Death Threat Charges

January 20, 2013, Sunday // 11:25
Bulgaria: Dogan Attacker Faces Hooliganism, Death Threat Charges
Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov. Photo by BGNES

The man who attacked Bulgarian Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan with a gas pistol during a televised speech will be charged with grave hooliganism and death threat, according to a prosecutor.

Police in Bulgaria detained a man after he pointed a gun at Dogan  as he was delivering a speech in the capital Sofia on Saturday. No shots were fired. The man was identified as Oktay Enimemehmedov, a 25-year-old ethnic Turkish resident of the city of Burgas, with a previous criminal record for assault and theft.

Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov has noted that the weapon used in the attack was not capable of putting a life in jeopardy.

Therefore, Enimehmedov will not be charged with an assassination attempt, Kokinov has told the Bulgarian National Radio. '

There is no evidence suggesting that other individuals may have been involved in the attack, according to the prosecutor.

Enimehmedov is believed to be sane and capable of standing trial.

Dogan resigned his post as party chairman four hours after an attempt was made on his life.  His resignation had been rumored as incoming in the past couple of days.

Lyutvi Mestan was elected as chair of Bulgaria's Movement for Rights and Freedoms party on Saturday, ending 23 years of Ahmed Dogan being at the helm of the party.

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