Bulgaria's National Security Council Discusses Dogan Attack

Defense | February 5, 2013, Tuesday // 08:54|  views

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, has made the commitment to hold one meeting of the Consultative Council for National Security, KSNS, every quarter. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Consultative Council for National Security is convening Tuesday to discuss the attack against ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan.

The Council is summoned and chaired by Bulgarian President and Commander in Chief, Rosen Plevneliev.

The initial agenda for the sitting comprised matters relating to the situation in the Middle East, including the July 18, 2012 terror act against Israeli tourists in the Bulgarian resort city of Burgas. These items remain on the agenda as well.

According to Darik radio, citing undisclosed sources, the issue with the resignation of the Chief of the National Security Services, NSO, Todor Kodzheykov, will be put on the table once again.

On January 19, police in Bulgaria detained a man after he pointed a gun at Ahmed Dogan, leader of the opposition ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms as he was delivering a speech at the party conference in the capital Sofia. No shots were fired. The man was identified as Oktay Enimehmedov, a 25-year-old ethnic Turkish resident of the city of Burgas, with a previous criminal record for assault and theft.

Enimehmedov says he did not actually want to kill Dogan, but to scare him. The gun was established to have been a gas pistol, which cannot be deemed a murder weapon.

Enimehmedov is charged with grave hooliganism and death threat. Two instances of Sofia's Courts ruled to keep him under permanent detention.

Two employees of NSO were fired over the attack

The Bulgarian Pressa (Press) daily wrote earlier that it was unlikely for Plevneliev to ask for Kodzheykov's resignation since this would lead to a confrontation with Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Kodzheykov is a former bodyguard of Borisov.

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