Hrant Dink was gunned down in Istanbul in broad daylight outdoors his Agos newspaper’s workplace in 2007 by a teenage attacker.
A Turkish courtroom has sentenced two former police chiefs to life phrases in jail for his or her function within the killing of outstanding Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink greater than 14 years in the past, state media reported.
The editor of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos after which Turkey’s greatest recognized Armenian voice overseas, Dink was shot useless as he left his Istanbul workplace in January 2007. After the homicide, tens of hundreds gathered in central Istanbul to mourn.
In 2011, Dink’s murderer Ogun Samast was sentenced to just about 23 years in jail by a juvenile courtroom. He was 17 when the killing came about. The next January, a person named Yasin Hayal was sentenced to life in jail for instigating the killing.
Amongst these sentenced by the courtroom on Friday, former police intelligence chief Ali Fuat Yilmazer obtained a jail sentence with out parole for homicide, the Anadolu information company stated. One other police chief, Ramazan Akyurek, was additionally handed a life sentence.
State media stated the courtroom dominated that the homicide was carried out according to the objectives of a clandestine community linked to US-based Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim preacher whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating an tried coup in July 2016.
Gulen, who has lived in the USA since 1999 and denies any involvement within the failed putsch, was one of many 13 fugitives from justice amongst 76 defendants on trial within the Dink case. The courtroom didn’t rule on the case of Gulen and the opposite 12 fugitives and as a substitute separated their instances.
Following the sentencing on Friday, the slain journalist’s household and legal professionals insisted, nonetheless, that the long-drawn-out trial had didn’t make clear the killing and doable collusion, and stated they might attraction.
Lawyer Hakan Bakircioglu, representing Dink’s household, stated the trial didn’t “reveal all points of the killing”.
“We’ll take it to the Court docket of Enchantment and the Supreme Court docket,” he stated. “We’ll pressure this course of till the tip to make sure a correct trial.”
Different defendants within the Dink case got jail sentences on prices together with accent to homicide, membership of a terrorist group – on account of hyperlinks to Gulen’s community – in addition to faking and destroying paperwork, state media reported.
Ankara says Gulen’s community had extensively infiltrated Turkey’s police and different state establishments over a long time.
In 2010, the European Court docket of Human Rights ordered Turkey to pay 100,000 euros ($118,000) to Dink’s household in compensation, saying the authorities had didn’t adequately shield Dink regardless that they knew ultranationalists have been plotting to kill him.
Dink had labored for reconciliation between Christian Armenians and Muslim Turks and was repeatedly prosecuted for insulting “Turkishness” over his feedback on Armenian id and the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915.