Top European court fines Turkey over slain journalist case

The European Human Rights Court on Tuesday ruled that Turkey had failed to protect the life of a slain Turkish-Armenian journalist.

Top European court fines Turkey over slain journalist case

The European Human Rights Court on Tuesday ruled that Turkey had failed to protect the life of a slain Turkish-Armenian journalist.

The Strasbourg-based court ruled in favour of a petition from the family of Hrant Dink, who was killed in 2007 by three bullets to the head outside the offices of his weekly Agos in Istanbul.

The top European court ruled that Turkey had violated Articles 2, 10, 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights, relating to right to life, right to an effective remedy and freedom of expression.

The court fined Turkey to pay 133 thousand Euro to the Dink family.

The Dink family had argued that Turkey failed in its obligation to protect the life of Hrant Dink and to conduct an effective investigation aimed at determining the responsibility of Turkish state agents.

Following the publication in Agos between November 2003 and February 2004 of eight articles in which Hrant expressed his views on the identity of Turkish citizens of Armenian origin, he was found guilty in 2006 of "denigrating Turkish identity" under Article 301 of the Turkish Criminal Code.

The family had also complained that the guilty verdict against Dink made him a target for extreme nationalist groups.


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