ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–A local Ankara court has decided that Ramazan Akyurek, head of the Central Police Intelligence Unit, should return to his position after being removed over accusations of negligence in the murder of Hrant Dink in 2007.
Erhan Tuncel, a former police informant in Trabzon, said he warned the Trabzon police about Dink’s murder. It was subsequently found that Akyurek, the chief of police in Trabzon at the time, conveyed only one notice out of 11 to the Istanbul Police Department, daily Radikal reported Thursday.
Based on those accusations, the Interior Ministry removed Akyurek from his position in October and appointed him as an expert to the Directorate of Strategy Development at the Security General Directorate.
Akyurek appealed to a local court in Ankara, saying the ministry’s decision was illegal, unjust and unreasonable. The court ruled to halt the Interior Ministry’s decision. The ministry plans to appeal the local court’s decision.
The Security Directorate is expected to reinstate Akyurek as head of the Central Police Intelligence Unit within 30 days, and until the case is discussed by the appeals court.
Hrant Dink, a journalist of Armenian origin, was the chief editor for daily Agos, a paper published in both Turkish and Armenian. He was shot in front of his office in January 2007. Ogun Samast stands accused of pulling the trigger, but questions linger about the real masterminds behind Dink’s death.