Police Intelligence Chief in Turkey Fired During Dink Murder Investigation

ISTANBUL (Armenpress)–Turkey’s government has removed the police intelligence chief of Istanbul as part of an investigation into the killing of a journalist Hrant Dink last month, for reportedly ignoring a tip about the planned attack one year ago, newspapers said Tuesday. The Interior Ministry suspended intelligence chief Ahmet Ilhan Guler on Monday evening following the January 19 killing of Hrant Dink. The 52-year-old journalist had angered Turkish nationalists with repeated assertions that the mass killings of Armenia’s around the time of World War I were genocide, the AP reports. Daily Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday that Guler was suspended for not reporting a tip to his superiors which came 11 months before the deadly attack. Two Turkish security officials lost their jobs on Monday in a widening investigation into video footage that appeared to portray as a hero the teenage killer of a prominent Turkish-Armenian editor, Reuter reported, quoting the state-run Anatolian news agency as saying that authorities in the Black Sea city of Samsun had sacked a fifth policeman and transferred a fifth member of the paramilitary gendarmerie to other duties following similar dismissals last Friday. It said the dismissals were made at the request of a government inspector but gave no further information. The video footage showed Ogun Samast, 17, posing in front of a Turkish flag with security officials shortly after his arrest last month on suspicion of killing the editor Hrant Dink outside his newspaper office in Istanbul. He has confessed to the crime. The video footage has revived fears in Turkey of a shadowy "deep state" working in collusion with criminal gangs. The "deep state" is code for hardline nationalists purportedly based in the security forces who are ready to break the law if need be in defense of their ideology.

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