Newly discovered images from a security camera that captured the murderer of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in January 2007 show a second suspect at the crime scene on the day of the murder, news reports said on Wednesday.
Dink was shot dead outside his newspaper's İstanbul office in broad daylight on Jan. 19, 2007 by an ultranationalist teenager. The 15 others cited as suspects in the ensuing investigation are currently pending trial, with seven of them under arrest; but the investigation also revealed that some in the gendarmerie forces knew about the plot long before the murder took place. The İstanbul police are facing similar accusations. The next trial of the suspects is scheduled for July 7.
The new discovery shows that the hit man, O.S., was not alone on the day of the murder, a claim that has been voiced a few times by the prosecution during the course of the trial in the past year, but not proven until now. The footage is from the security camera of a nearby bank; it was unclear as to why the footage had not been seen by the police earlier.
The recording shows a second person standing in front of Dink's office building before and during the shooting and then disappearing down a side street after the murder. The police have so far failed to identify the person in the footage.
For most of the time he stands there, the man has his backed turned to the building but appears to be turning around a few times to check whether anyone is coming out of it.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2008, 13:05