A 17-year-old (Ogun Samast, a Turkish ultra-nationalist who killed Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink on January 19, 2007 in front of Hrant Dink’s newspaper office) was an escape – goat for the government backed terrorist network], Ergenekon.
He actually confessed to killing him at his trial.
Although 18 men were charged, only one man was convicted of the murder of the Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink.
“Prosecutors say they could not reach the evidences, administrations of institutions say they did their share and that the ball is in the prosecutors’ court. This shows that they pass the ball around well,” Cem Halavut (one of the defense lawyers)
There was also a confession by another man (Yasin Hayal ) a terrorist, he admitted he instructed Samast to kill Hrant Dink.
Practically an entire year after Turkish court system was condemned and pressured by the international community for letting the rest of Hrant Dink’s killers go , that on January 16, 2012, they found Hayal guilty of soliciting Dink’s murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
Even with the mounds of evidence that clearly proved the killing of Hrant Dink’s murder resulted from a conspiracy by an illegal network protected by the government the Turkish court refused to acknowledge it. .
If Samast gets paroled in 2021 (when he will become eligible) having only served 10 years he will be around 28 years old and he will have the rest of his life to spend as a free man, a benefit Hrant Dink was denied.
Yet another travesty of justice, or one could say extreme lack of it by the Turkish court system.
It appears Hrant Dink’s family is still looking for that justice for their beloved father, husband, brother, mentor, and best friend, and have stated they will take his tcase to the European Court of Human Rights.
Hrant Dink said….
“The Democratic Society Party (DEP) was closed in 1994, and its deputies were jailed, the result of this is evident. Abolishing the political immunities of BDP deputies would mean repeating the same mistake.SOURCE: HURRIET DAILY NEWS 2012-09-11 21:32:00
There is an indictment consisting of thousands of pages. Above all, they had been following the case for five years. That means some people do not want the case to be resolved.SOURCE: HURRIET DAILY NEWS 2012-09-11 21:32:00
We cannot move forward without confronting and taking into consideration the events of the past. We cannot keep an eye on the anguish of the past. Moreover, the pain of 1915 is not a story, it is a current day issue..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-10 21:00:00
A foreign country such as Turkey can rightly be berated for failing to come to terms with an atrocity like the Armenian Genocide, but the darkest moments of our own history are intentionally forgotten..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-10 21:00:00
We have to get out of this post-colonial guilt. … Be confident in ourselves..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-10 21:00:00
There obviously is an organized network, but it is not one that I am part of..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-06 21:00:00
I didn’t do anything on my own. I was fulfilling my responsibilities to the state..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-06 21:00:00
I was obeying orders conveyed to me within the command chain hierarchy..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-06 21:00:00
This is the first time I’m hearing this information.SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-06 21:00:00
I participated at the ASAF course in 2008. It is not a very comprehensive, long-running or specific course. It dwells on the objectives and methods of missionaries.SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-06 21:00:00
How can I possibly be a member of an organization whose name I first heard here?.SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-06 21:00:00
As a senior sergeant I don’t have the luxury of saying, ‘Commander, that’s the city center,’.SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-06 21:00:00
This has to be a trial that will also exonerate Turkey in the eyes of the world. Unfortunately, the judiciary has been politicized in Turkey and the trial should be concluded before it is thrown into another direction..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-03 21:00:00
We hope that this can be fixed in the later stages of the trial and the prosecutors will be reinstated..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-09-03 21:00:00
Oh no no, I didn’t mean anything by it; these are just habitual things people say..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
But what of it? I am also an Armenian, is that a bad thing?.SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
What can you expect? That’s an Armenian!.SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
Look, that’s just what Hrant Dink said too, and they cut off his voice; Turks will never change..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
Turkey is changing; it is not the old Turkey anymore..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
what happened between us cannot be forgotten, will never be forgotten..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
I see on TV how far they are advancing, how hardworking they are..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
There was gold buried, even earrings. We used to say we should go and dig them up, but my grandmother insisted we should not, because she was afraid. It’s all long since been found of course no doubt..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
My grandfather used to tell me how they cut them up…..I told him I would take him back to Ergir, but he said, with his final breath of life, that he didn’t want to go, that he would not be able to handle it..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
America is putting a lot of pressure on the Turks but no matter what they do, the Turks will never accept.SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
Best not to believe them, they will trick you while smiling right at your face.SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
Turks are Turks, this can never changeSOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
Turks know politics well, but they have a different set of rules. SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
I am a taxi driver my brother, I have been doing this job for a decade, and I’ll be doing it for another decade..SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
Anyone getting into their vehicles will have an upset stomach. These are uneducated folks, though that’s not how it is in Europe, where in order to get your driver’s certificate, you need to have taken at least two years of exams..”SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN 2012-08-27 21:00:00
Humanity fails if the world just forgets him.
Hrant Dink was a symbol of peace when alive, and he was the closest chance they ever had to achieving it.
So, they can cry by the hundreds in the streets over his death all they want but if his killers (Turkish government) are not brought to justice for his murder their tears , grief, and sadness will have amounted to a useless nothing no different than if not one cried. For if their hearts filled with all sorrow doesn’t compel them or the international community to continually pressure and protest the courts until they arrest the masterminds behind Hrant Dink’s murder, who BTW are still roaming the earth to kill again, and again then Hrant Dink is as forgotten as anyone can be….
As long as the world remembers, his death will stand for something.