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  • 21 January 2013, 2:37

Bulgaria 'Assassin' Was Only Seeking Fame

The man who pointed a gas pistol at a Bulgarian politician's head was only trying to "get his five minutes of fame" and did not want to kill him, according to police psychologists.

The 25-year-old who pulled the gun on the head of Bulgaria's Turkish minority party leader while he was speaking at a party conference was only trying to frighten his target.

Police have revealed that Oktay Enimehmedov, an ethnic Turk originally from the eastern city of Burgas, thought he would die in the attack and left a letter at his Sofia flat.

Police psychology institute chief Nedelcho Stoychev said the attacker did not intend to kill Dogan but only to frighten him and "get his five minutes of fame."

Ahmed Dogan, swiped away his attacker's arm before any shot was fired and the weapon appeared to jam.

Dramatic video of the attack against the 58-year-old leader of the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms party quickly circulated online.

Several men wrestled Enimehmedov to the ground and he is seen in the footage being punched and kicked.

Police experts examined the small handgun and said it would not have threatened Dogan's life, even if fired from close quarters.

Gas pistols are mainly used for self-defence and can fire tear gas cartridges.

Prosecutors in Sofia have charged Enimehmedov with hooliganism and making death threats.

Deputy chief prosecutor Borislav Sarafov said he faces up to five years in prison on the hooliganism charge and up to six years in prison on the death threat charge.

Prosecutors are also considering whether to press charges against some of those captured on video kicking the assailant after he was disarmed, Mr Sarafov said.

Dogan, who played a key role in Bulgaria's post-communist transition and won crucial rights for the country's 10-percent minority of ethnic Turks, announced his planned resignation hours after the attack in Sofia on Saturday.

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