Sofia City Court has sentenced Oktai Enimehmedov, the man seen pointing a gas pistol at the head of Ahmed Dogan at a Movement for Rights and Freedoms congress on January 19 2013, to three and a half years in jail for threatening to murder Dogan.
The court said on February 26 2014 that the sentence should be served at an open prison. It also fined Enimehmedov 7487 leva. Enimehmedov was found guilty of charges of violating public order and pointing a firearm with criminal intent.
The court acquitted Enimehmedov of attempted murder, saying that this charge had not been proved.
During the trial, Enimehmedov said that he had intended only to frighten Dogan, not kill him. Prosecutors countered that he had intended to murder Dogan, and asked for Enimehmedov to be jailed for 17 years.
Prosecutor Iliyan Tonchev said that the Prosecutor’s Office would appeal against the Sofia City Court verdicts and sentencing. There are two further instances of appeal after the Sofia City Court.
The incident at the MRF congress, where founder and veteran party leader Dogan announced that he was stepping down from the party leadership, made headlines around the world because footage was captured on live television of the moments as Enimehmedov appeared pointing the firearm, before being brought down and seriously assaulted by a group of MRF people on stage.