Dink murder court orders detention of absentees

The case on the murder of Turkish-Armenian Hrant Dink was reopened to retry 18 defendants.

Dink murder court orders detention of absentees

World Bulletin / News Desk

A court case that was reopened to retry 18 defendants in the murder of Hrant Dink, Agos Newspaper’s editor-in-chief continued on Tuesday. The judges decided to arrest two of the accused, Osman Hayal and Zeynel Abidin Yavuz, when they failed to appear before the court.

The lawyer of the accused Erhan Tuncel, Erdogan Soruklu, asked the court not to keep his defendant under detention, but all demands for lifting defendants' detentions were rejected by judges. They also ordered the detention of Hayal and Yavuz before closing the hearings for the session on Tuesday.

Yavuz was detained shortly after by Trabzon gendarmerie forces, but searches for Hayal continued on Tuesday afternoon.

Turkish – Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was murdered in January 2007 by Ogun Samast, who claimed that Dink insulted "Turkishness".

Dink was considered as one of Turkey’s most prominent Armenian voices.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ocak 2014, 18:03