Dogan Attacker Had Ties with Sofia Drug Lord - Top Cop

January 20, 2013, Sunday // 01:25
Bulgaria: Dogan Attacker Had Ties with Sofia Drug Lord - Top Cop
Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov. Photo by BGNES

Oktay Enimehmedov, the ethnic Turkish man who attacked key Bulgarian politician Ahmed Dogan, used to have close ties with notorious Sofia drug lord Hristo Shirev, according to Bulgaria's Interior Minister.

Enimehmedov and Shirev used to be close friends, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters on Sunday.

As authorities revealed Saturday, Enimehmedov has a previous crime record for possession of drugs, theft and assault.

Enimehmedov burst onto the stage and pointed a gas pistol at Dogan during a televised speech at a party caucus Saturday. No shots were fired.

The 25-year-old attacker will be charged with grave hooliganism and death threat, prosecutors said Sunday. He may face up to 6 years in jail.

Authorities said that the weapon used in the attack was not capable of putting a life in jeopardy.

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