Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dink family petitions for the prosecution of public officials

GIT - North America had covered in a news analysis the state of the case on the murder of the Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Recently, the Dink family petitioned to prosecute the public officials
"Muammer Güler, Celalettin Cerrah, Ramazan Akyürek, Engin Dinç, Muhittin Zenit, Ali Öz, Ergun Güngör, Ahmet İlhan Güler, Bülent Köksal, İbrahim Pala, İbrahim Şevki Eldivan, Volkan Altunbulak, Bahadır Özkan, Özcan Özkan, Reşat Altay, Faruk Sarı, Ercan Demir, Özkan Mumcu, Mehmet Ayhan, Metin Yıldız, Hüseyin Yılmaz, Gazi Günay, Hacı Ömer Ünalır and Önder Araz.

Additionally, the complainants demanded the litigation of officials of the Trabzon Provincial Gendarmerie Command, the Trabzon and Istanbul Provincial Police Directorates and the Police General Directorate Intelligence Branch Presidency who had apparently been informed about the Dink murder in advance.

"Trabzon police concealed organization"

The submitted petition points to prosecutor Hikmet Usta's concession that the investigation failed to be comprehensive. It was demanded to determine the responsibilities and roles in the murder played by the public officials who would have been obliged to prevent the murder after they had been informed about it. According to the results, trials should be opened against them, the petition requested.
Furthermore, the petition drew attention to officials of the Trabzon Provincial Police Directorate who destroyed related telephone records and hence concealed both the organizational structure behind the murder and the responsibility. It was claimed that Erhan Tuncel, who was acquitted in the context of the Dink murder, should have received a life sentence and that action should be taken to lodge a trial about officials of the Provincial Police Directorate of Trabzon."
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