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.