Was Bulgarian Politician Really Target of “Assassination Attempt”?

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This video shows the moment when Ahmed Dogan, the leader of Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party, was confronted by a gunman during a televised speech.

The assailant mounts the stage and points a weapon at the politician’s head. An audible click is heard as the attacker, later named by police as 25-year-old Oktai Enimehmedov and dressed in a black leather jacket, unsuccessfully attempts to discharge his gun.

The politician swats the weapon away from his face; Enimehmedov is then wrestled to the ground by security guards. A number of politicians then appear from the audience – and proceed to deliver a sustained beating to the incapacitated attacker.

The botched attack was initially portrayed as an assassination attempt, but it has since been reported that Enimehmedov did not actually want to kill his intended victim. He was, after all, using a gas pistol — a non-lethal weapon which nonetheless can cause life-threatening injuries if fired from close range, according to the AP. He was later shown being led away, covered in blood, by police, to face charges of “grave hooliganism” and issuing a death threat. If found guilty, he could face six years in prison.

Amid media speculation that it was all a hoax, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said the attack was “probably not staged”, according to the Bulgarian news agency Novinite. Borisov  reportedly “carefully watched footage of the attack and believed that Dogan was genuinely scared when he saw the gunman.”

Dogan, 58, who was jailed during Bulgaria’s communist era after protesting against the deportation of thousands of ethnic Turks, and was later found to have been a paid informer for the secret police, reportedly resigned from his post as party chairman in the hours after the attack.

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DimiterTerziev
DimiterTerziev

P.S I Forgot to mention in the previous post that, according to Bulgarian media, the prankster believed he might be killed by Mr Dogan's bodyguards, and left a letter in his apartment explaining his reasons for the prank. It remains a mystery how he managed to reach the podium undisturbed. It is also worth adding that Mr Dogan safety was responsibility of his own bodyguards, not of the Bulgarian police. The later was responsible only about the security of the building. Apparently they did not want to be seen in the hall for some hard to understand political reasons.

DimiterTerziev
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There is much material in the Bulgarian media which is missing from this article. I think it is important for people to know it, in order to understand the case better:


  1. It is NOT TRUE that Dogan resigned AFTER the attempt. He planned to announce his resignation on this very convention and had his speech prepared (His speach was read soon after the event).

  2. The so called “assassin” told police that his goal was to show Dogan and the entire Nation that Dogan was not invincible. Dogan is widely viewed as a very corrupt politician and is much hated in Bulgaria.

  3. The young man was in his last year of a master's in Building Engineering. He was not a punk and he believed this prank was a political statement.

  4. In the opinion of many Bulgarians, including myself, the behaviour of the politicians kicking and hitting the man, and even trying to take off his pants (!!!) much after he had been incapacitated was utterly disgraceful and worse than the prank itself.

  5. Incredibly enough, Dogan's party refuses to accept the Police's statement that it was impossible to kill a man with that gun and bullets, and wants a new international expertise.

throwawayaccount
throwawayaccount

I think the fact that he resigned hours after the attack proves that this wasn't fake. Sure you can say he resigned because "he knew everyone would find out it was fake now" but I believe he resigned because he was in-fear of losing his life so decided to quit. He probably decided his life was more important then his message, which is sad in these countries that politicians trying to make a change (now I don't know exactly how these things work in this country, or if he was a corrupt politician [as most are], or if his political views are something I would consider 'good change' [someone was trying to murder him so his message was either extremely positive or bad]) have to worry about being assassinated, that's the problem in countries with corrupt society or governments damned if you try to make change for your people or damned if you don't.

aharrisonread
aharrisonread

And that was not staged.  As a long ago  victim of violence I immediately recognized the shocked, slow motion followed by stuttering action.  Watching Mr Dogan's reaction, brought it all back...those few seconds must of seemed like minutes to Mr Dogan..  The gun may not have been real but the fear, trauma  certainly was.  A horrible crime either way

aharrisonread
aharrisonread

Well I will say this.. the men who are kicking the perpetrator are doing their cause no favors. Does the guys have it coming- probably.   But an outsiders take away is..."hey look a bunch of thugs in suits"  Now, really past the bar of acceptable... is the guy in the striped sweater down in the crowd-  you can't see it to well in this footage- but if you look at the footage from the Belfast telegraph- it becomes apparent that he trying to sodomize the assailant with a flash light.  Too much!!!                I try to remember in my own life,  anything that is not a measured, controlled response usually ends up being something I regret. 


PupChe
PupChe

Staged. Total FALSE FLAG. I am glad people are smarter and see thought the BS.

corey.harris86
corey.harris86

@PupChe I see no sign of this being false or staged.  Watch the slow motion, you see him try and chamber a round several times after the first misfire.  Someone faking it probably would not have tried that, they would have just kept pulling the trigger to make him hear the click of how many times he really could have fired.  Someone faking an assassination would be doing it for the psychological damage.  Imagine if you were in Mr. Dogan's position, someone with a gun to your head, forget the fact that it was a gas pistol (supposedly non-lethal, but at that range would still cause serious damage) and in that frightened moment, all you hear is click, click, click.  All you saw was a gun in your face, and someone willing to pull the trigger.  The man was also carrying knives, there's no need to carry actual lethal weapons if you don't plan on harming someone.

zarn
zarn

Do you guys even read or do you have a problem paying attention?

The article clearly states it's a gas pistol and the "assailant" didn't intend to kill anybody. It's unbelievable how stupid people are....