2nd Probe Fails to Shed Light on Ethnic Turkish Politician Death

Society | March 23, 2011, Wednesday // 14:52|  views

Ahmed Emin's body was found in the afternoon of October 17, 2008, in the Sofia quarter of Boyana, in the notorious estate, allegedly belonging to ethnic Turkish party leader, Ahmed Dogan. File Photo

The investigation in the death of Ahmed Emin, one of the major figures of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, is expected to conclude by the end of April.

The information was reported Wednesday by the Sofia District Prosecutor, Alexander Nalbantov.

20 new witnesses have been questioned, but evidence that Emin had been killed or pushed to commit suicide has not been discovered, according to Nalbantov.

The expert check of the computer of Chief of Staff of the DPS leader, Ahmed Dogan, also failed to yield any new evidence.

The Prosecutor further informs another 4 to 5 people must be interrogated before the end of the probe, which was reopened last year after Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, stated he was convinced the police and the Prosecutor's office at the time committed grave procedural mistakes and recklessness while probing the death which was labeled suicide.

Emin's body was found on the afternoon of October 17, 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 on October 19 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.

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

Nalbantov announced then 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.

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Tags: suicide, Ahmed Emin, DPS, Ahmed Dogan, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, probe, investigation, Alexander Nalbantov, Prosecutor, Boyko Borisov


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