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Ahmed Dogan
Ахмед Доган
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Chairman of DPS
In office
4 January 1990 – 19 January 2013
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Lyutvi Mestan
Personal details
Born (1954-03-29) 29 March 1954 (age 69)
Pchelarovo, Bulgaria
Political party Movement for Rights and Freedoms

Ahmed Demir Dogan (Bulgarian: Ахмед Демир Доган; born 29 March 1954), born Ahmed Ismailov Ahmedov (Bulgarian: Ахмед Исмаилов Ахмедов), is a Bulgarian oligarch and politician of Turkish ethnicity. He was chairman of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) from 1990 to 2013.

Life and career

Dogan was born in Pchelarovo to Demire Dogan from Drandar and an unknown father from Pchelarovo, Dobrich Province. 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". He is the founder of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), 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.

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.

2013 attack

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, pointed a gas pistol within 1 foot (0.30 m) of Dogan's head, but did not discharge the firearm. 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. 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.

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