Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   2 December

Kurdish party demands from Turkish parliament to investigate Hrant Dink’s murder case

Kurdish party demands from Turkish parliament to investigate Hrant Dink’s murder case

YEREVAN, JANUARY 14, ARMENPRESS. President of the parliamentary faction of the Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) (currently possessing 59 parliamentary seats) Idris Baluken and Garo Paylan elected in Istanbul, demanded the parliament of the country to investigate the murder case of the Armenian editor-in-chief of “Agos” periodical Hrant Dink.

As “Armenpress” reports, citing imctv.com.tr website, in the proposal submitted to the parliament they have mentioned that it is already 9 years that the crime has not been fully revealed due to not conducting an effective investigation. They stated that the deep ties engaged in the murder have not been revealed, the role of the media establishments that had targeted him prior to the murder has not been examined. They added that the removal from office of the prosecutor that had filed the lawsuit adds the doubts.

Prosecutor Kökçü prepared indictments against a number of high ranking officials, including former Istanbul Intelligence Branch Chief Sabri Uzun, former Trabzon Provincial Police Chief Reşat Altay and the current Chief of Security General Directorate Intelligence Branch Engin Dinc.  The indictments were sent back by the General Prosecutor's Office with justifications of existing “drawbacks” in them.

The Armenian editor of the Istanbul-based “Agos” newspaper Hrant Dink was killed on January 19, 2007 as a result of armed attack in front of the editorial.

Dink`s assassination organizer Yasin Hayal was sentenced to life imprisonment and the perpetrator Ogyun Samast was sentenced to imprisonment for 22 years by the decision of the court on January 17, 2012.

On October 2014 Istanbul's 5th High Criminal Court made a decision to start the trial into the murder of Hrant Dink from zero.

An earlier investigation showed that the prosecutors who worked on the case ignored serious allegations into the involvement of top police officers in the murder.


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