Friday, 3 June 2011

Soldiers Get Paltry Six Months Sentence for Passively Facilitating Hrant Dink's Murder

A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced two military officers to six months in prison for ignoring intelligence that may have prevented the killing of a prominent ethnic Armenian journalist, the state-run news agency reported.

Hrant Dink, chief editor of the minority Armenian Agos newspaper, was fatally shot by an alleged hardline nationalist teenager outside his office in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007. He had received death threats because of his comments about perhaps the darkest episode of Turkey's history, the massacres of Armenians during World War I.

The teenager and two other suspects are on trial in Istanbul for Dink's murder.
The court in Trabzon, northern Turkey, found Col. Ali Oz, a former gendarmerie commander, and Capt. Metin Yildiz guilty of neglecting their duties, the Anatolia news agency reported. Four other officials were each given four-month sentences.

The officers were accused of not acting on intelligence indicating that one of the three suspects now on trial, Yasin Hayal, was planning to kill Dink.

The officers, who denied any wrongdoing, were expected to appeal their convictions.


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