TURKEY COURT RULES JOURNALIST MURDER PROBE FLAWED

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ANKARA: Turkey’s top court on Thursday (Friday in Manila) ruled that the investigation into the killing of an ethnic Armenian journalist had been flawed, paving the way for potential further trials against new suspects. The constitutional court unanimously decided that the authorities had failed to carry out an effective investigation into the 2007 killing of journalist Hrant Dink. Dink was shot dead in broad daylight by a teenage ultranationalist outside the offices of his bilingual Agos newspaper. Ogun Samast, a 17-year-old jobless high-school dropout at the time, confessed to the murder and was sentenced to almost 23 years in jail in 2011. However, supporters of Dink’s family believe that those behind the murder were protected by the state and have asked for a deeper investigation to uncover officials who were allegedly involved. In 2012, an Istanbul court sentenced Yasin Hayal to life in prison for planning the killing but the family is concerned that those who ordered the killing have never been brought to justice.

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