Bulgarian Ethnic Turks Ask Prosecution for Outgoing PM

Politics » DOMESTIC | February 23, 2013, Saturday // 10:36| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgarian Ethnic Turks Ask Prosecution for Outgoing PM: Bulgarian Ethnic Turks Ask Prosecution for Outgoing PM Lyutvi Mestan, leader of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, is going to approach Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, to seek legal consequences for outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, if his claims about DPS honorary Chairman Ahmed Dogan prove untrue.

The statement was made by the DPS leader, Lyutvi Mestan.

On Thursday, speaking from the parliamentary rostrum just minutes after parliament accepted with overwhelming majority the resignation of the government of his Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, Borisov shockingly stated Dogan wanted him dead, citing a document from the intelligence of a foreign country.

He said he learned about a plotted assassination attempt on his life just two weeks ago. The attempt on the outgoing PM's life, dating from the summer of 2009, just ahead of the previous general election, stemmed from him inflicting on the interests of a powerful, international organized crime group.

Borisov's words prompted an immediate and outraged reaction of Mestan, who issued a declaration on behalf of all followers and supporters of his party, labeling the information a threat to ethnic peace in the country and an attempt to ritually discredit Dogan.

Mestan came close to accusing Borisov of lying, stressing if any of his claims were true that would have become public a long time ago.

The DPS leader has already requested from President, Rosen Plevneliev, to provide all documents for the alleged assassination plot available to secret services. He stresses the information is no longer classified since Borisov made it public from the parliamentary tribune.

Meanwhile, a number of Bulgarian intelligence chiefs gave contradicting reports on the alleged tipoff.

On Wednesday, Borisov made the stunning announcement he was resigning, grounding the decision on not wanting to see blood on streets and fences around the building of the Parliament. He said he was returning the power to the people who elected him in the summer of 2009.

The breaking news about Borisov's resignation came in the aftermath of large-scale protests across the country against high utility bills, leading to clashes with riot police with many injuries and vandalism.

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