ISTANBUL (Hurriyet Daily News)—Prosecutor Hikmet Usta has appealed the ruling in the Hrant Dink murder trial, arguing that the crime was an organized hit.
Usta said the court’s ruling acknowledged the existence of an organization behind the killing, but said there was a “lack of evidence” to prove its existence. The prosecutor said he based the appeal on the grounds that the court reached a verdict despite serious deficiencies in the investigation of the case.
“The court should have requested that the prosecution collect more evidence if it was lacking,” Usta said. “The court rejected our requests to expand the investigation, it did not examine documents related to the Ergenekon gang and did not include people in the case who should have been put on trial with the existing suspects.”