July 18, 2014

Turkish Constitutional Court: insufficient investigation into Hrant Dink murder

Turkish Constitutional Court: insufficient investigation into Hrant Dink murder -

ANF - The Constitutional Court in Turkey has decided on the basis of an individual appeal that the investigation into the murder of Armenian journalist, and the editor of Agos Newspaper, Hrant Dink, was not carried out in a through way.

Hrant Dink was murdered on 19 January 2007. 

The Constitutional Court held a session concerning the individual applications of the widow of Hrant Dink, Rakel Dink, hic brother, Orhan Dink and his children Delal, Arat and Sera Dink.

The court found that the rights of the Dink family had been violated as a proper investigation into the murder had not been carried out.

It is reported that the Court took the decision unanimously.

The Dink family had appealed to the Constitutional Court on the grounds an efficient investigation into the murder had not been carried out, and that the family had not been kept informed during the investigation process.

It was additionally included in the appeal file that the probe against the public officers who were accused of negligence in the murder has not been finalised.

The court mentioned then-head of Istanbul Police Celalettin Cerrah, Ahmet Ilhan and 6 other police officers among these public officers in its decision.

In January, the local court dealing with the case heard the testimonies of the suspects Osman Hayal and Zeynel Abidin Yavuz via the audio-visual conference system and decided to release them.

On 6 June, the Bakirkoy no. 8 Serious Criminal Court overruled a previous decision that decided that no further action should be taken against public officers, including the former deputy governor of Istanbul, Ergun Gungor, then-head of Istanbul Police Unit Cellallettin Cerrah, then director of Intelligence Unit of Istanbul Police, Ahmet Ilhan Guler and 6 other police officers. The possibility of a case being filed against these officers has thus emerged.

         
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