Dogan Attacker May Face Up to 6 Years in Jail

January 20, 2013, Sunday // 12:53
Bulgaria: Dogan Attacker May Face Up to 6 Years in Jail
The 25-year-old ethnic Turkish man burst onto the stage and pointed a gas pistol at Dogan during a televised speech at a party caucus Saturday. Photo by bTV

Oktay Enimehmedov, the 25-year-old man who assaulted Movement for Rights and Freedoms leader Ahmed Dogan with a gas pistol, may face up to six years behind bars, according to Bulgaria's Deputy Chief Prosecutor.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Borislav Sarafov told reporters Sunday that the attacker will be charged with grave hooliganism and death threat, with the maximum sentence for these offences being six years.

Sarafov confirmed that the weapon used in the attack was not capable of putting a life in jeopardy.

The prosecutor also stated that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms delegates who attacked and beat Enimehmedov after his assault may also face charges.

The 25-year-old ethnic Turkish man burst onto the stage and pointed a gas pistol at Dogan during a televised speech at a party caucus Saturday. No shots were fired.

It was made clear on Sunday that Enimehmedov was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the attack.

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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