Bulgaria Prosecutor Reexamines Turkish Politician Death Case

Domestic | February 24, 2010, Wednesday // 12:33|  views

Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev, promises a thourough reexamination of all evidence in the death case of the DPS Chief of Staff. Photo by BGNES

The spokesperson of Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev, informed that their office will examine the DANS file in the death Ahmed Emin.

On Tuesday, Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, said he wants to reopen the investigation in the fatal case of the high-ranking ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) member. The PM further reported he has sent the State Agency for National Security (DANS) file to Velchev.

The decision of the Prosecutor's Office in Sofia to officially close the investigation into the death of the DPS Chief of Staff and declare it suicide, will be thoroughly examined, the spokesperson vowed, adding if the DANS file offers new leads, all evidence would be rechecked, otherwise the end of the case would be reconfirmed.

The probe is said to include 10 volumes of materials and scores of expert conclusions about the way the gun was fired, all forensic evidence and the suicide note that was found by the police. According to unofficial information, DANS have not done a parallel investigation, but Agency employees have examined the collected documents.

Borisov reiterated Wednesday his beliefs that the police and the Prosecutor's office at the time committed grave procedural mistakes and recklessness, adding there is also missing evidence.

The leader of the rightist Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB), Ivan Kostov, applauded the decision saying that the reopened investigation must find out where Emin’s entire archives disappeared.

In mid-April 2009, the Prosecutor's Office in Sofia officially closed the investigation into the death of DPS Chief of Staff, Ahmed Emin, concluding that he committed suicide.

Sofia Regional Prosecutor, Alexander Nalbantov, announced that the case had been closed and that there had been no evidence found of foul play regarding Emin's suicide.

After questioning 85 people and having 20 experts working to find new evidence, suicide was decided to be the official version, even though Emin was found not to be under psychological stress or drunk before he took his own life.

The Prosecutor's Office refused to make Emin's suicide note, addressed to the DPS leader, Ahmed Dogan, and Emin's family, available for public scrutiny, saying that it was up to people close to Emin to decide whether they want it or not.

Emin's body was found on the afternoon of 17 October 2008 in the Sofia quarter of Boyana, in the notorious estate, allegedly belonging to Dogan. Emin was found shot with his own gun, however, Emin's father, the mayor of Emin's native village of Kozitsa, Hassan Hayrula, and other people close to Emin who knew him well do not agree with the official suicide version.

Emin was buried 19 October in his native village of Kozitsa, in the municipality of Popovo. The entire leadership of the DSP party and all Ministers from the DSP quota in the ruling coalition arrived for the funeral. The one person missing was the party leader Ahmed Dogan.

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