World Bulletin/News Desk
Former Trabzon intelligence chief Engin Dinç, who has been accused of obstructing justice in the Hrant Dink case, was assigned as the new intelligence chief of the National Police Department on Monday.
The late editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Dink was shot dead in broad daylight on Jan. 19, 2007 by Ogün Samast outside the offices of his newspaper in Istanbul.
In July 2011 Samast was tried in juvenile court because he was a minor at the time of the crime and was sentenced to 21 years, six months for premeditated murder and one year, four months for carrying an unlicensed gun.
In 2008, the lawyers for Dink's family had appealed to the Istanbul chief public prosecutor regarding seven policemen, including Dinç, with the claim that these officers had obstructed justice. However Dinç was acquitted of the charges against him after he maintained that he warned Istanbul police to take measures to prevent Dink's assassination.
Previously, a police officer who appeared in a highly controversial photograph with Dink's killer was promoted to the office of deputy chief of the Malatya Police Department in early 2012.
Another suspect in the case, Yasin Hayal was given life in prison for inciting the murder. In a separate trial, two gendarmerie officers were convicted merely on charges of “dereliction of duty” in the run-up to the Dink murder.
During the five-year trial process, both lawyers for the Dink family and prosecution presented evidence indicating that Samast was not acting alone.
The prosecution believes the killers are affiliated with the Ergenekon network, whose suspected members currently stand trial on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, but so far it has not been possible to question them about Dink's murder.
On Jan. 10, the Supreme Court of Appeals' Chief Public Prosecutor's Office asked the high court to overturn a highly controversial ruling from last year that ruled out the involvement of an organized criminal network in the killing of Dink.
The top prosecutor said that Dink was obviously killed specifically because he is from a different ethnic group, and his murder was part of the planned and systematic activity of a criminal network aiming to damage the state's unity.Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2013, 10:36