Bulgaria Rightist: Dead Turkish Politician Was Undercover Agent

Domestic | February 24, 2010, Wednesday // 14:28|  views

Atanas Atanasov, from the rightist DSB, wants to find out why DANS had not conducted a thorough probe in the death to DPS Chief of Staff, Ahmed Emin. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

New facts and evidence emerged during the high-profile police operation condemned “Octopus,” the member of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB), Atanas Atanasov says.

According to Atansov, who is a former Head of the National Security Services, rumors that the Chief of Staff of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) had been an undercover agent who was spying on the DPS leader, Ahmed Dogan, and this is why he had to die, actually offer a very plausible version.

The DSB member further revealed that part of the documents in the case have been sent to the National Agency for State Security (DANS) to probe why in his suicide note Emin says that he is not a traitor and loved his country.

Atanasov informed that no one at DANS ever worked on the probe and there is a need to find out the reasons behind this negligence, adding the grave procedural mistakes Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, talks about, are not accidental.

“I think even today they are high-ranking people that must be questioned, such as the Deputy Interior Minister, Pavlin Dimitrov,” the DSB members insisted.

At the time Dimitrov was the Interior Chief Secretary. He arrived at the crime scene 2 hours after the incident and immediately stated for the media Emin’s death had been a classical suicide. According to Atanasov, the sloppy crime scene investigation had been done in Dimitrov’s presence.

Dimitrov declined comments for the media.

In mid-April 2009, the Prosecutor's Office in Sofia officially closed the investigation into Emin’s death, concluding that he committed 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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Tags: suicide, Ahmed Emin, DPS


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