Victim Calls In Sick Yet Again in Dogan Attack Trial

Crime | November 25, 2013, Monday // 15:25|  views

Ahmed Dogan, the former leader of Bulgarian predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian politician Ahmed Dogan has once again failed to appear in court and testify in the high-profile trial against the man who attacked him with a gas pistol earlier in 2013.

The victim has called in sick for a fourth time since the trial started in August.

Experts have now told the Sofia City Court that Dogan is suffering from depression and stress after the incident.

In October, the court ordered a psychiatric examination in order to determine whether Dogan is in condition to testify in the case. Earlier, the former leader of liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms asked to be removed as a witness because of his ailing health.

On January 19, police in Bulgaria detained 25-year-old Oktay Enimehmedov after he pointed a gun at Dogan as he was delivering his resignation speech at a party conference in the capital Sofia. No shots were fired.

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.

Enimehmedov was therefore indicted on attempted murder charges. He was also charged with "indecent actions that are grossly violating the public order and showing clear lack of respect for society."

Dogan has not shown up in public since the January 19 incident.

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Tags: Ahmed Dogan, trial, attempted murder, depression, stress, Oktay Enimehmedov


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