Dink Murder Organized, Says Top Prosecutor

Dink's body lies in front of the Agos offices after his assassination in January 2007

ANKARA (Doğan News Agency)—The prosecutor’s office of Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals has asked the top court to overturn the rulings in the Hrant Dink murder case, arguing that the assassination was organized.

“It is obvious that the murder was not an ordinary killing, the actions filed in the report had the goals of causing chaos in society, weakening authority, disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state and putting our country in a disturbing position,” the office’s appeal, made public on Thursday, read.

Dink, the founder and editor of the Agos Newspaper, was assassinated in Istanbul in January 2007 by Ogün Samast, a 17-year old Turkish nationalist, in front of the offices of Agos, the weekly for which he was the editor-in-chief.

After two years of proceedings Samast was convicted on July 25, 2011, of premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm by Istanbul’s Juvenile Court for Serious Crimes and sentenced to 22 years and 10 months. Another suspect, Yasin Hayal, was convicted of ordering the murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

However, the court ruled that Dink’s murder was not an organized crime despite serious claims that some civil servants were “indirectly” involved.

The appeal by the prosecutor’s office also noted that there was no active investigation in the beginning to determine the network among the conspirators.

The Turkish Presidency’s State Supervisory Council (DDK) recommended in an official report in February 2012 that top police and gendarmerie officials be prosecuted in the Dink murder case due to their alleged negligence before and after the journalist’s killing.

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  1. Robert Davidian said:

    THIS is a good development! MOST of the Turkish legal system and society at large struggle to break free of the unfair, intolerant, extremist and even criminal elements within. There is an internal struggle between good and evil within Turkey today and good will soon win. Thanks for the report.

  2. WhatElseIsNew said:

    doesn’t really matter. there are enough crazy christophobic turks capable of committing such crimes by their own, it doesn’t have to be organized from above. what is important is that it was CELEBRATED by the police and majority of turkish population. turks are still genocidal and will continue to be as long as they refuse to condemn the genocide against their christian minorities, or rather, viceversa. they even write books named “those crazy turks” in which they brag about being.. well, crazy. lol

  3. Alex Postallian said:

    This is proof positive,that the jerky turkeys,have little or no respect for the Armenians.Who would want to live in that animal sewer,knowingly,that your life is in jeopardy,How can you put up with the with that putrid smell.

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