Inspectors’ Report Points to Massive Police Negligence in Dink Murder Case

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Inspectors working on the investigation of police negligence in the case of slain journalist Hrant Dink have closed their case, and have submitted a report to the Interior Ministry. The inspectors, who worked in Instanbul and Ankara, have called for disciplinary action against Istanbul Police Chief Celalettin Cerrah, and Head of Police Intelligence Ahmet Ilhan Guler. Guler had already been fired following Dink’s murder. They say that despite written warning from the Trabizon Police force to Istanbul authorities that an assassination attempt could take place against Dink, Cerrah did not take the proper action. The inspectors call for "official condemnation" in Cerrah’s case, and suggest harsher punishment for the Head of Police Intelligence, Guler. Based on what they assert was a failure by Guler, despite clear and specific warnings from counterparts in Trabizon–to both protect Dink and follow alleged murder accomplice Yasin Hayal–the inspectors call on Guler to be prosecuted according to the new Turkish Penal Code.


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