Ahmed Demir Dogan (Bulgarian: Ахмед Демир Доган; born 29 March 1954), is a Turkish Bulgarian oligarch and politician who founded the DPS party in 1990 and remained its leader until he stepped down in 2013.

Ahmed Dogan
Ахмед Доган
Dogan in 2009
Member of the National Assembly
In office
4 November 1991 – 14 March 2013
Constituency9th MMC - Kardzhali
Member of the 7th Grand National Assembly
In office
10 July 1990 – 2 October 1991
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms
In office
4 January 1990 – 19 January 2013
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byLyutvi Mestan
Personal details
Born
Ahmed Ismailov Ahmedov

(1954-03-29) 29 March 1954 (age 69)
Pchelarovo, PR Bulgaria
Political partyDPS
Spouse
Shirin Karnobatla
(m. 1995; div. 2002)
Alma materSofia University
Occupation
  • Politician
  • philosopher

Life and career edit

Dogan was born in Pchelarovo to Demire Dogan from Drandar and an unknown father from Pchelarovo, Dobrich Province.[1][2][3] In 1981 he completed his studies in philosophy at Sofia University and in 1986 earned the then equivalent of a doctoral degree after completing a dissertation on the theme of "Philosophical analysis of the principle of symmetry".[4] He is the founder of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS),[5] a liberal party that claims to represent the interests of the Turkish minority in Bulgaria.

In September 2007, Dogan's name was listed on an official report of communist-era secret police collaborators. According to the report, Dogan was a paid agent of the Committee for State Security from August 1974 until March 1988.[6]

In October 2010, the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) in Sofia acquitted Dogan of corruption in a case brought by the Parliamentary Commission regarding consulting fees paid in 2008 and 2009 in respect of hydro-power projects.[7]

2013 attack edit

On 19 January 2013, as Dogan addressed a large audience from a podium, Oktay Enimehmedov ran onto the stage. Enimehmedov, a Bulgarian national of Turkish descent,[8][9] pointed a gas pistol within 1 foot (0.30 m) of Dogan's head, but did not discharge the firearm.[8] It was reported that the gun contained blank cartridges, and that one of the cartridges contained pepper spray. Had the gun been fired, it would have caused non-lethal injuries.[10] Dogan grappled with Enimehmedov, who was then tackled and wrestled to the ground by security guards and delegates. He was beaten and kicked for several minutes before being arrested.

In February 2014, Enimehmedov received a sentence of three-and-a-half years' imprisonment.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ "Братът на Доган изчезна". 168 Часа | By Теодор Насков. Archived from the original on 2015-01-02. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  2. ^ "Доган разтривал клитора на девствена туркиня, за да разбере дали ще бяга в Турция - 24chasa.bg". 2017-08-14. Archived from the original on 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  3. ^ България, Главна дирекция на статистиката на Царство (1910), Български: Списък на населените места в Царство България от 1879 до 1910 г. (PDF), retrieved 2022-07-14
  4. ^ Lilov 2013, p. 37.
  5. ^ "Signed and sealed - Bulgaria - The Sofia Echo". 2016-06-03. Archived from the original on 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  6. ^ "Решение №14". Комисия за разкриване на документите и за обявяване на принадлежност на български граждани към Държавна сигурност и разузнавателните служби на Българската народна армия. 4 September 2007.
  7. ^ "Bulgaria court acquits opposition leader in graft case". Reuters. Sofia. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Gas pistol pointed at Bulgaria party leader". the Guardian. 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  9. ^ "Bulgarian MRF leader, Ahmed Dogan, fights off gunman". BBC. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  10. ^ "3 Blank Cartridges, No Magazine Found in Dogan Attacker's Pistol - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency". www.novinite.com.
  11. ^ "Дадоха 3,6 години затвор на Октай Енимехмедов". Дадоха 3,6 години затвор на Октай Енимехмедов - Правосъдие - Стандарт Нюз.

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