Trial of Dink’s Murderers Drags Into Fourth Year. In Fifth, They Will Be Released.

The tragedy of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink’s assassination has been compounded by years of destruction of evidence and foot-dragging by police and other officials, some of whom appear to be culpable in the crime. (for more information and a timeline, click here, or look under the category ‘Armenians’; I have been following this assassination in some detail from the beginning on this blog.)  And now it seems that the murderers might go free next year under the new law that limits arrest periods to five years if the suspects are not convicted.

Four years after the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink outside his Istanbul office, justice has not been done, and has indeed been obstructed, according to a report prepared by lawyers in the murder case.

In their fourth annual report on developments in the case, lawyers for the Dink family have accused the state of protecting suspected civil servants, repeatedly denying reasonable demands and ignoring valid evidence related to the 2007 murder, the anniversary of which is commemorated Wednesday.

“It has appeared as the most significant and systematic fact of this phase [of the trial] that security and intelligence units hid, changed [and] destroyed information and documents that would reveal the material fact; tried to mislead the investigation authorities by offering false testimony; [and] manipulated evidence,” the report read…

The only suspects left after three years of the trial, … will be released next year if they are not convicted by that time under a recent legal change that limits arrest periods without conviction to a maximum of five years…

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  2. “You know, Turkish flag is one of the most beautiful flags ever. I’m not saying this just because I’m Turkish. It’s just very well designed, and pleasing to the eye. In fact, a foreign graphic designer rates world flags on his website and gave ours 90 out of 100.” I said to her, gazing upon the colossal Turkish flag gently dancing with the wind.
    “Just because you are Turkish? What, you don’t think I am Turkish?” she replied with an offended voice. I knew exactly how she misunderstood me but I was not expecting this kind of a misunderstanding. Though she had never used the -yan suffix in her surname, I knew she was a Turkish-Armenian. I tried to explain what I really meant but met with mild success at best. Frustrated by my failure, I left her alone in the classroom where we had been killing time until the arrival of shuttle to downtown. I took the bus.
    After 3 hours, I reached home. I turned the TV on. The first thing I saw was a body, covered with a white tarp, shoes punctured with holes. It was January 19, 2007.

    (Please remove my previous post, this one is edited)

  3. After 3 hours, I reached home.

    Translation: a 10 km journey in Istanbul –especially on a slightly rainy day– during peak hours.

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