Turkish Court Rejects Hrant Dink Murder Indictment

ISTANBUL (Combined Sources)–An indictment prepared on the assassination of Agos newspaper chief editor Hrant Dink has been rejected by the Istanbul 14 Penal Court, Turkish daily Zaman reported. The indictment asked for a life sentence in solitary confinement for Erhan Tuncel and Yasin Hayal for establishing and managing an armed terror network and soliciting murder. The indictment also sought a prison sentence of up to 42 years for a teenage triggerman of the assassination, for being a member of an armed gang and murder as well as a prison sentence of between 35 and 75 years for 15 other suspects, including Grand Unity Party (BBP) members Mustafa Ozturk, Yasar Cihan and Halis Egemen, for being members of the armed terror network, helping a terror network and possessing an unregistered weapon. The court examined the indictment prepared by Istanbul public prosecutors Selim Berna Altay and Fikret Secen and sent the indictment back to the prosecutor’s office, citing some missing elemen’s. The prosecutor’s office will now address and rectify the grounds for the indictment’s rejection, Zaman’said.

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