Prosecutor Requests Arrest Warrants for 25 Suspects in Hrant Dink Murder Case

A poster bearing a picture of Hrant Dink and a Turkish flag are pictured in front of an Istanbul court
A poster bearing a picture of Hrant Dink and a Turkish flag are pictured in front of an Istanbul court

A poster bearing a picture of Hrant Dink and a Turkish flag are pictured in front of an Istanbul court

ISTANBUL (Daily Sabah)—Terror and Organized Crimes Prosecutor Gokalp Kokcu submitted on Tuesday an indictment over Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink’s murder case to the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office, requesting the arrest of 25 alleged suspects for forming an organization to commit crimes, including deliberate killing and forgery of documents.

Suspects include the former Chief of Istanbul Police Department, Celalettin Cerrah, and former head of Istanbul Police Intelligence Department, Engin Dinc.

The indictment submitted by Kokcu for approval was returned by the Prosecutor’s office due to incomplete documents.

Dink, then editor-in-chief of the Armenian Agos newspaper, was shot dead by a teenager on January 19, 2007 outside his office in Istanbul. Dink drew the ire of hardline Turkish nationalists in his lifetime, as he was one of the most outspoken voices calling for recognition of the Armenian Genocide. He received numerous death threats before his murder and faced several lawsuits for “denigrating Turkishness,” an act punishable with prison terms, for his articles and editorials on the mass deaths of Armenians in 1915.

The role of police officers and public officials in the plot to kill Dink had come to light as a new investigation focused on an alleged cover-up of the murder by officials linked to the Gulen Movement, which is accused of attempts to overthrow the government.

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  1. Nerses Terzian said:

    Beware Armenia this is huge trick… Turkey trying years to capture Gulen Movement Erdogan want this guy killed no matter couse now they thinking oh yes lets make this guy responsible for dink murder they know no way USA will let this guy arrested so after another (8) years if Armenian ask what happen dink case he will say hey I told you if Gulen Movement wont capture there is NO JUSTICE you guys ever b liven Turkish government words?there are murders and keep going on &on &on . . . Armenian you need to find that big foot and use them smashdown this Roche’s!!!

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