Dink Suspect Sentenced to Life in Prison

Yasin Hayal sentenced to life in prison

ISTANBUL (Associated Press)—A Turkish court sentenced a man to life in prison Tuesday for his role in the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007.
A panel of judges found Yasin Hayal guilty of instigating Dink’s killing outside of his office five years ago, and gave him the life term.

The court, however, acquitted Hayal and several others of charges of acting under a terrorist organization’s orders, angering Dink’s lawyers who say the trial failed to shed light on connections between the suspects and some state officials and who say the journalist’s murder was a planned act.

Gunman Ogun Samast was sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison in July for “premeditated murder.”

The verdict deeply disappointed Dink’s lawyers and family. Fethiye Cetin, a lawyer for the Dink family, said the trial failed to shed light on “the darkness” — connections between the suspects and some state officials.

After the decision, hundreds of activists began marching toward the scene where Dink was gunned down outside his Agos newspaper and promised to gather again at the spot of his murder on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 19 killing.

Turkish authorities have prosecuted dozens of people in connection with Dink’s assassination, including security personnel accused of ignoring intelligence of ultranationalist plots to kill the journalist.

In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Turkish authorities failed to protect Dink and ordered the government to pay compensation to his family.

The European Union has closely followed the Dink case as it underlines concerns about EU candidate Turkey’s human rights record.


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  1. Alex Postallian said:

    When I see the ugly face of this turk,fierce,wide eyed mongol tribesman,history reverts itself,hundreds of years;but yet it seems only yesterday.They havent changed one iota,in all that time.

  2. zareh said:

    This is another example of Turkey trying to dump the whole thing on one person isolating the “deep state” from any responsibility in Dink’s murder.
    This is no different from blaming the triumvirate for the Armenian Genocide and shielding the state from the responsibility of the Genocide. The Turks will say once upon a time there were three bad Young Turks who carried out bad things against the Armenians. Now that they are dead we can be friends again, forget the past and look forward but we are keeping all the loot.

  3. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Yasin should not be sentenced…
    Who trained him should have
    Who trained him escaped the law
    There are many like Yasin
    Trained well to kill innocents
    Who wants peace
    Who cared and still cares for humanity
    Like our hero Hrant Dink
    If we are clever… we should not agree
    We should ask who was behind this young lad…?
    Yasin was trained well
    To kill an Honest man
    Vaguely knowing who he was
    Who is he…

    He will remain…He
    Our Hero Hrant Dink
    Who did not fear death
    Because, His principles was more powerful than it…

    He wanted to unite humans
    With love…and
    Love only


  4. Ararat said:

    Yasin Hayal should have been executed by a firing squad and his family charged for the bullets. May he rot in hell where he belongs. Ogun Samast, the trigger man, should be given a taste of his own medicine and be ambushed and shot dead when he gets out of prison as a middle-aged criminal murderer.

  5. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    We should Heartily support
    Our Brave Lawyer, Fathiya Cetin
    To continue her honest case against ‘Hidden criminals’—
    Those…secret killers…no one yet brought them to trial…

    Yasin… Phenotypically doesn’t look Turkish
    Most probably has another blood
    Probably Armenian…
    But they trained him …to use gun…
    Like Ataturk ordered the Pilot Sabiha Goksen
    (Armenian Orphan, Hiripsime)
    To bomb her own people…
    Her genocided blood
    Those Turkified Armenians
    Who escaped to Dersim (1938)

    Yasin’s DNA should be analyzed…
    To know what his genes are…
    As we are living in a new era
    Nothing should be hidden
    Under shiny sky…


  6. kevo said:

    Get the poetry right!
    Yasin does not look Armenian in any way, shape or form.
    Ogun Samast is the assassin.
    Yasin is the middleman not the triggerman.
    Samast and Hayal will pay with their lives, no doubt.
    ….and if Dink wanted to unite humans, very simply put, Turks do not qualify.