Political Machinations Mar Dogan Assault Probe, Bulgarian-Turkish Party Deems
The expert reports in the investigation of the attempt on the life of Bulgarian ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan have been marred by "overt political orders", according to Lyutvi Mestan, Dogan's successor as the chairman of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party DPS.
Ahmed Dogan, founder and leader of the DPS party ("Movement for Rights and Freedoms"), was the target of an attack right on the floor of a party conference on Saturday by 25-year-old Oktay Enimehmedov, also a Bulgarian citizen from ethnic Turkish origin. However, the gas pistol that Enimehmedov pointed at Dogan's head misfired.
"We don't accept the expert reports that forced the Prosecutor's Office to reduce the charges against Enimehmedov from attempted murder to hooliganism," Mestan stated at a news conference Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the Sofia Regional Court left 25-year-old wannabe assassin in permanent custody.
According to the new DPS leader, the expert reports which concluded that Enimehmedov technically had no way of killing Ahmed Dogan with his gas pistol and the three bullets inside it, one of which was filled with pepper spray and the other two were blanks, have marred the entire investigation because they produced lighter charges.
Mestan has urged Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov to assign new probes to a European body, and threatened to consult a European forensic laboratory should the Bulgarian judiciary fail to do that.
Enimehmedov is charged with making a murder threat and hooliganism "characterized by particular audacity".
Initially, the Prosecutor's Office wanted to charge him with a murder attempt but the charge was later modified as it become know that with his gas pistol the young attacker technically had no chance of killing Dogan.
Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, and his Deputy, Borislav Sarafov, requested the strongest measure – permanent detention for Oktay Enimehmedov on grounds he might flee, hide and/or commit another crime, and for his own safety.
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Mestan yes your actions are shameful for Bulgaria. Your organization “Movement for Rights and Freedoms” is not acting accordingly to the principles of democracy. You shouldn’t let all your delegates act illegally there and kick and punch the assassin, be the judge, jury and the executioner. So please stop the melodrama and get a hold of your people, one Turkish attacking another is not Bulgaria’s democracy fault. (After all he was of Turkish origin also and had a GAS pistol (incapable of killing) intending only to scare Dogan.)
The country and Government shame here goes to the mishandling of the security and letting your people jumping in a scavenger like uncivilized way to “devour” the “assassin”.
The security should have disabled and removed the “assassin” out of the area immediately after the act has taken place so your people wouldn’t have the time to get ugly and primitive on him.