World Bulletin/News Desk
Ninth Penal Department of the Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the aggravated life in prison sentence handed to Yasin Hayal for "masterminding and inciting" murder of Hrant Dink while it reversed the court decision to acquit Hayal for "leading an armed terrorist organization," requesting punishment of Hayal for "founding and leading an organization with felony intent".
The court completed its investigation into suspects, including Ersin Yolcu, who had requested an appeal, and announced its ruling.
Chief judge of the department, Ekrem Ertugrul, said the ruling that suspects were not members of a "terrorist organization" but of an "organization created with felony intent" was made unanimously.
The suspects will now be on trial again in the Istanbul court that gave the initial rulings.
Dink, an Armenian-Turkish journalist, was assassinated in Istanbul in January 2007 by Ogün Samast, a 17-year old Turkish nationalist, in front of the offices of Agos, the weekly for which he was the editor-in-chief.
After two years of proceedings Samast was convicted on July 25, 2011, of premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm by Istanbul’s Juvenile Court for Serious Crimes and sentenced to 22 years and 10 months. Another suspect, Yasin Hayal, was convicted of ordering the murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment.Last Mod: 15 Mayıs 2013, 10:41