Turkish court releases Hrant Dink murder suspect

Erhan Tuncel, the suspected mastermind behind the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink has been released.

Turkish court releases Hrant Dink murder suspect

World Bulletin / News Desk

A change in Turkey's anti-terrorism laws reducing the maximum pre-trial detention period from ten years to five years, which was approved by Turkish president Abdullah Gul recently, means the prime suspect behind the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink is now free to walks the streets once again.

Erhan Tuncel is accused of instigating Dink's murder in 2007, and his release came on the same day of the release of former Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug, who was sentenced in August for belonging to the shadowy 'Ergenekon' network which was plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

While Basbug was released after the constitutional court declared that his rights had been breached, Tuncel's release comes as a result of the law change, which could also see another 150 defendants released with him, including other military officers accused of plotting against the government.

Tuncel was arrested again in September 2013 after originally being aquitted of all charges in 2012, but had the second case against him waved due to reforms in the judiciary. 

Last Mod: 08 Mart 2014, 15:04
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