Friends of Hrant Rally as Court Holds 9th Hearing of Dink Murder Case


ISTANBUL (Public Radio of Armenia) — As part of Dink case, the 9th hearing of the trial of public officials kicked off in Istanbul today. Before the start of the hearing Friends of Hrant were once again in front of the court house, Agos reports.

The trial of public officials continued today with the defense of Ramazan Akyürek, who was the chief of Security General Directorate Intelligence Branch at the time of murder. The hearing will continue on December 20, 22 and 23.

Friends of Hrant gathered in front of the court house today. As the 10th anniversary of the murder of Hrant Dink gets closer, they provided information about the course of the case.

Reading the statement on behalf of Friends of Hrant, Bülent Aydin said: “For years, we have been saying that the public officials who have a hand in organizing and concealing this murder should be tried with perpetrators.” He said that those public officials were started to be tried in 2015 and it turned out that nobody did anything to prevent this murder.

Aydin also said that they are waiting for the indictment against gendarme personnel to be issued: “If the case against gendarme personnel is joined with this one, our demand will be partly fulfilled.”

In the statement, it is also noted: “The recent developments in the case was staring in the face even right after the murder. However, the government did nothing to reveal the crime organization, until it had the chance to pin the crime on Gulenist circles. They concealed this murder together.”