ISTANBUL—The father of one of the suspects in the Hrant Dink murder case claimed Sunday that his son was cajoled by state officials to murder dink and threatened to name names, reported the Hurriyet Daily News.
Bahattin Hayal, the father of suspect Yasin Hayal, who allegedly instigated the hitman Ogun Samsat to assassinate Dink, expressed doubt that the case would be resolved in its entirety.
“I am in full agreement with the Dink family’s lawyers. I do not believe that the dark side of this case will truly come to light. I cannot look at the faces of the Dink family; it gives me pain,” Bahattin Hayal told reporters Sunday after the hearing, according to Hurriyet.
Reportedly, minutes before the latest hearing on the Dink case, Bahattin Hayal asked to act as a witness, saying he had important information. His request was denied. “They warned me that I would find myself in trouble. I told them that I had shared the truth with them, but they forced me to change my testimony,” Hurriyet quoted Nahattin Hayal as saying
The suspect’s father calimed that a high-ranking official in the southeastern province of Mardin has frequently transmitted messages to him through an intermediary, adding that he would share that information with the public in near future.
Hayal said the person who coerced his son to kill Dink should reveal the true identity of his superiors and theri connections to the state.
In another development in the Dink case, there are just over two months left until the phone records relevane to the case are to be erased. Turkey’s Telecommunications Directorate (TİB), which possesses the records, has refused two court orders to produce the records. A higher court order for the records resulted in TIB to issue its own set of demands, again delaying the request.Phone records are only kept for five years, meaning authorities must convince TİB to release the transcripts by Jan. 19, 2012, the fifth anniversary of Dink’s murder.
The Malatya deputy of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has accused the country’s Telecommunications Directorate (TİB) of attempting to hamper the Dink case and accusing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of standing behind the body’s actions.
“Nearly all state institutions are working to prolong the [trial] process and to make [people] forget about the murder, rather than trying to shed light on it,” CHP deputy Veli Ağbaba told members of the press in Parliament.
The TİB’s behavior bordered on the negligent and intentional, Ağbaba said, adding that he TİB’s temerity comes from the fact that its president is protected by the AKP.