Court orders release of suspect in murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink

Published 17.05.2018 17:23 Modified 17.05.2018 17:42

An Istanbul court on Thursday ordered the release of a suspect in the 2007 murder of Hrant Dink, a prominent Armenian-Turkish journalist.

Istanbul's 14th Criminal Court said Şükrü Yıldız, who served as civil inspector in 2007, was free to go.

Eight others are still in jail awaiting trial.

Other suspects in the case include Gülenist terror group (FETÖ) leader Fetullah Gülen, former FETÖ-linked prosecutor Zekeriya Öz, former Zaman daily Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı, and journalists Adem Yavuz Arslan, Faruk Mercan, and Ercan Gün.

They are all charged with intentional killing and attempting to upend the constitutional order.

Dink, editor-in-chief of Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos, was killed outside his office on Jan. 19, 2007.

In 2011, Ogün Samast was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the killing. Samast, who was 17 years old in early 2007, claimed he killed Dink for "insulting Turkishness."

Although Samast is the only person to be jailed for the murder, speculation on the involvement of others has persisted.

Last year, FETÖ -- which plotted the defeated coup of July 15, 2016 --was officially tied to the case.

A 120-page indictment said soldiers and police involved in the Dink murder later played an active role in the coup attempt.

The next hearings are set to start on July 10.

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