Hrant Dink murder suspect referred to court

Erhan Tuncel was referred to İstanbul's Çağlayan Court on Thursday.

Hrant Dink murder suspect referred to court

Erhan Tuncel, who was previously acquitted of all charges related to the 2007 killing of Hrant Dink, the late editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, was referred to İstanbul's Çağlayan Court on Thursday.

The İstanbul 14th High Criminal Court, which has started a retrial in the Dink investigation, issued an arrest warrant for Tuncel last month and he was detained by police on Wednesday.

The İstanbul court launched the retrial of the Dink probe after the Supreme Court of Appeals in May overturned the İstanbul court's ruling of Jan. 17, 2012, in which it dismissed the involvement of an organized criminal network in the murder.

Tuncel, who worked as an informant for the Trabzon Police Department, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2004 bombing of a McDonald's restaurant in the Black Sea town of Trabzon but was acquitted of all charges regarding the Dink murder, including prosecutors' claims in the first trial that he was the one who ordered Yasin Hayal, the man who was given a life sentence for soliciting Dink's shooter, to murder him.

Dink's lawyers earlier said the Supreme Court of Appeals' 9th Criminal Chamber had indicated in its May decision that Tuncel may have played a crucial role in the murder of Dink.

Hayal and Tuncel, along with all other defendants, were cleared of charges of membership in a terrorist organization in the local court's ruling.

Dink was shot and killed in broad daylight on Jan. 19, 2007, by an ultranationalist teenager outside the offices of his newspaper in İstanbul. Evidence discovered since then has led to claims that the murder was linked to the “deep state,” a term used in reference to a shady group of military and civilian bureaucrats believed to have links to criminal elements.

The next hearing of the case will be on Dec. 3.

In an interview with the Star daily on Wednesday, Tuncel said his arrest warrant was illegal and blamed the gendarmerie for having a “big role” in the murder of the Armenian journalist.


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