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Defendant in Dink Murder Case Says Officials Knew of Plot in Advance

A demonstration in Istanbul after the 2007 murder of Hrank Dink, an Armenian-Turkish journalist. Ten years later, the legal proceedings on the case continue. (photo: Hrant Dink Foundation)

Turkish authorities knew of an assassination plot against Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink six months before he was gunned down in 2007, a defendant in the case told a court this week.

The Istanbul court is hearing charges against 85 people, including former police chiefs, accused of involvement in a conspiracy to kill Dink and crimes ranging from orchestrating the murder to dereliction of duty in failing to prevent it.

A teenager shot dead Dink, an outspoken advocate for reconciliation between Turks and Armenians, in broad daylight outside of his newspaper Agos in central Istanbul, sparking a public outpouring of grief and mass demonstrations.

A court in 2011 jailed Ogün Samast, the 17-year-old gunman, for nearly 23 years for killing Dink, and Yasin Hayal was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder. The two are from the Black Sea town of Trabzon. Initially, judges ruled the assassination was carried out by far-right nationalists acting on their own.

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