Dogan Attacker Indicted for Attempted Murder

Crime | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 15:45|  views

A still grab from a broadcast by Bulgarian television channel bTV shows Enimehmedov (R) pointing a gun at Ahmet Dogan (C), leader of the party of the Turkish minority in Bulgaria, during a party conference. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Oktay Enimehmedov, the man who pointed a gas gun at influential Bulgarian politician Ahmed Dogan earlier this year, has been indicted on attempted murder charges.

The indictment has been filed with the Sofia City Court, the Chief Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday.

Enimehmedov has been also charged with “indecent actions that are grossly violating the public order and showing clear lack of respect for society.”

He may be sentenced to at least 15 years – or even life in prison – if found guilty.
On January 19, police in Bulgaria detained 27-year-old Oktay Enimehmedov after he pointed a gun at Ahmed Dogan, then leader of the opposition predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) as he was delivering a speech at the party conference in the capital Sofia. No shots were fired.

Enimehmedov was heavily beaten by DPS delegates after the attack.

The young ethnic Turk stated that he did not actually want to kill Dogan, but to scare him. The gun was established to have been a gas pistol.

It was initially believed that he would only face grave hooliganism charges.

However, experts told the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office that gas pistol shots can cause death if fired at a range closer than one centimeter from the temple, mouth or eyes.

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