The Plovdiv Court of Appeal confirmed the measure of temporary detention for a period of 40 days of reserve colonel Mustafa Levent Göktash, issued by the Haskovo District Court on September 5. Haskovo magistrates detained the Turkish citizen based on an international wanted and arrest warrant issued by the Fourth Criminal Court in Ankara.
The Turkish colonel is wanted with a red notice by Interpol. He is accused of deliberately shooting a famous Turkish writer and university professor on December 18, 2002 in Cankaya.
The crime of which Col. Goktash is accused is punishable by life imprisonment under Turkish law.
He crossed into Bulgaria in August, illegally crossing the “green border”, for which pre-trial proceedings were initiated against him and he was given a bail of BGN 300. The colonel has submitted documents to the Bulgarian authorities for asylum for political reasons, as well as for refugee status. However, on September 1, this year, he was detained in Svilengrad during a routine check by a police patrol while driving a car, as it turned out during the check that he had been declared wanted with a red notice the previous day.