Turkish prosecutor asks for life over Armenian journalist murder suspects

The prosecutor accused the suspects for attempting to destroy the democratic regime by use of force and violence.

Turkish prosecutor asks for life over Armenian journalist murder suspects

An Istanbul prosecutor asked for aggravated life imprisonment -- the severe punishment under the Turkish Penal Code -- for seven suspects including Yasin Hayal and Erhan Tuncel in the killing of Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

The prosecutor accused the suspects for attempting to destroy the democratic regime by use of force and violence under a provision of the Turkish Penal Code Article 309, which specifies "crimes against the constitution."

The prosecutor also said Tuncel and Hayal masterminded the murder as part of the Ergenekon, an alleged clandestine network of senior army officers, academics, businessmen and others who have been on trial since October 2008 on charges of plotting to use terrorist methods to overthrow elected government.

Dink was shot dead outside the offices of his weekly Agos in on January 19, 2007. Last July, a juvenile court in Istanbul sentenced Ogun Samast, the self-confessed murderer of Dink, to nearly 23 years in prison.

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Last Mod: 19 Eylül 2011, 16:49
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