Attacker of Bulgarian Politician Ahmed Dogan Conclusively Sentenced to 3 1/2 Years in Prison

Crime | April 20, 2015, Monday // 20:07
Bulgaria: Attacker of Bulgarian Politician Ahmed Dogan Conclusively Sentenced to 3 1/2 Years in Prison A still grab from a broadcast by Bulgarian television channel bTV shows Enimehmedov (R) pointing a gun at Ahmed Dogan (C), leader of the party of the Turkish minority in Bulgaria, during a conference. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Oktay Enimehmedov has been conclusively sentenced to three years and six months of imprisonment over the 2013 attack against Ahmed Dogan, honorary leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party.

The final verdict issued by the Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS) concerns charges of hooliganism and a death threat against Dogan, according to the Legal World magazine, as cited by dnevnik.bg.

Enimehmedov has been acquitted on charges of attempting to murder Dogan.

The ruling of VKS upholds the rulings of the courts of first and second instance.

On January 19, 2013, at a conference of DPS at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Enimehmedov pointed a gas pistol at Dogan, who was delivering a speech at that time. The pistol failed to fire. The assailant was wrestled to the ground by security guards and delegates, and he was severely beaten for several minutes before being arrested.

Enimehmedov was kept in custody until the pronouncement of the court of first instance on the case, after which he was placed under house arrest.

As the time spent in custody and under house arrest will be deducted from the overall sentence, he will spend around a year and three months in prison.

The penalty would have been much harsher if he had not been acquitted on charges of attempted murder.

Enimehmedov was declared not guilty on charges of attempted murder by the court of first instance.

Expert witnesses said that a lethal shot would have been fired from a distance of 1 centimeter, while Enimehmedov shot from a distance of 20 centimeters and 19 centimeters.

As regards the battery, the investigation, which started months after the incident, has not been wrapped up and no charges have yet been filed.

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