Former Istanbul Police Chief heard in Dink murder scandal

Celalettin Cerrah was interrogated by prosecutors about alleged police failure to take action in the murder of Hrant Dink

Former Istanbul Police Chief heard in Dink murder scandal

World Bulletin/News Desk

Former Istanbul Police Chief Celalettin Cerrah was interrogated by prosecutors on Monday in an ongoing negligence probe related to the murder of Hrant Dink.

Nine officials have been questioned about the alleged police inaction prior to the murder of Hrant Dink, a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist who was killed in 2007.

Dink's murderer, Ogun Samast, who was 17-years-old at the time, has been tried and convicted.

But Istanbul Prosecutor Yusuf Hakki Dogan is still questioning suspects about suspected police negligence prior to Dink's murder. 

Other high-profile figures questioned last week include former İstanbul Vice Governor Ergun Gungor and former Istanbul Police Department Intelligence Unit Chief Ahmet Ilhan Guler. Samast himself has also been interrogated.  

Dink was the editor-in-chief of the weekly Agos, and was considered to be among the most prominent Armenian voices in Turkey.

Samast, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2011, said in his defense that he killed Dink for insulting “Turkishness.”

Yasin Hayal was sentenced to aggravated life sentence in January 2012 for inciting Samast to murder.

He had been acquitted of charges related to leading a terrorist organization, but the ruling was overturned.

He was also given a three-month jail term for threatening Orhan Pamuk, renowned Turkish author and Nobel laureate.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Aralık 2014, 13:22