Bulgaria's Ethnic Turkish Leader: National Security Failed to Protect Dogan
Lyutvi Mestan, the newly elected leader of Bulgaria's etnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, and DPS Deputy Chair, Hristo Biserov (r) at the emergency press conferance. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria's National Security Services, NSO, are fleeing from responsibility in failing to carry out their duty to guard a political leader who is not only local but on European level.
The statement was made by Lyutvi Mestan, who was elected Chairman of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, one day ago, at the official emergency press conference of the party in the capital Sofia Sunday afternoon in connection with the attack on the life of Ahmed Dogan, who until Saturday was the DPS leader and is now its honorary Chairman.
At the conference, Mestan cited text from the letter which DPS have sent in advance to NSO asking them to "provide security within their competence to Ahmed Dogan for the party's Eight National Conference." He noted this was the standard phrase to use in requesting NSO presence at similar events.
On Saturday, police in Bulgaria detained a man after he pointed a gun at Dogan as he was delivering a speech in the capital Sofia. No shots were fired. The man was identified as Oktay Enimehmedov, a 25-year-old ethnic Turkish resident of the city of Burgas, with a previous criminal record for assault and theft.
At the press conference, Mestan labeled the intentions of the investigation to probe delegates of the party's caucus for battery "cynical," stressing they were the once to successfully fight off a potential killer and to save the life of their leader.
He underscored these delegates must be congratulated for their courage and for doing the job of the police who took an hour and a half after the attack to arrive at the scene of the incident.
At the beginning of the conference, Mestan voiced outrage from the shift of focus regarding the murder attempt in presenting it as an individual act of a man who only wanted his moment of glory.
He also informed the party will ask for an international probe in the incident they are convinced was an attempt for political murder. The incident will also be included as grounds for the non-confidence vote against the Cabinet to be tabled by DPS in upcoming days.
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